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An exhaustive chronology and description of Prince's recording sessions and live performances across two years is something that will on the surface appeal only to obsessive fans (which, well, guilty as charged), but Tudahl includes amongst the cut-and-dried statistics so many extensive interviews with everyone who played with or knew Prince between 1983-1984 that this also becomes an incredible oral history of two of the most pivotal years of his career, as he began the rapid ascent from the release of the Little Red Corvette single in early 1983 to the recording and release of Purple Rain in 1984 (and, following Purple Rain's skyrocketing success, the immediate recording of the sharp left-turn of Around The World In A Day). I've read a lot of books about Prince, but this is the one that, through the interviews and Tudahl's extensive research, brings the reader the closest to understanding the day-to-day life of my favourite musician.
The narrator, Ron Butler, does a great job of reading the book, including differentiating between the different interviewees and keeping things moving through the more stat-heavy parts of the book.
I really hope that, as mentioned in ?uestlove's (excellent) forward, that Tudahl is able to expand this work into further volumes covering the rest of Prince's career - I'd happily read each and every one.