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Publisher's Summary

His journey is meticulously documented through detailed accounts of his time secluded behind the doors of the recording studio as well as his days on tour. With unprecedented access to the musicians, singers, and studio engineers who knew Prince best, including members of the Revolution and the Time, Duane Tudahl weaves an intimate saga of an eccentric genius and the people and events who helped shape the groundbreaking music he created.
From Sunset Sound Studios' daily recording logs and the Warner Bros. vault of information, Tudahl uncovers hidden truths about the origins of songs such as "Purple Rain", "When Doves Cry", and "Raspberry Beret" and also reveals details about Prince's unreleased outtakes. This definitive chronicle of Prince's creative brilliance during 1983 and 1984 provides a new experience of the Purple Rain album as an integral part of Prince's life and the lives of those closest to him.
©2018 Duane Tudahl (P)2018 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Francis on 05-06-18

Incredible oral history

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carnese D. Jackson on 07-31-18

A MOST LISTEN FOR ALL PRINCE AND MUSIC FANS!

Just when I thought I knew everything about Prince. This book gives you a great look behind the curtain of Prince at the true beginning of his super star dorm! It also gives credit to all the great musicians and people that were involved and played a major role in his success!! A lot of unsung heroes. A great book that humanizes a TRUE legend! A great deal an be learned from this story!...JT : \

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