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Publisher's Summary

A fascinating, authoritative biography of one of the most commercial, controversial, and influential musicians of all time.
In his three decades of recording, Prince has had nearly thirty albums hit the Billboard Top 100. He is the only artist since the Beatles to have a number one Album movie, and single at the same time. Prince’s trajectory - from a teenage unknown in Minneapolis to an idol and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer - has won him millions of adoring fans.
Prince is the first book to give full treatment to this thirty-year career of epic proportions. Acclaimed music journalist Ronin Ro traces Prince’s rise from anonymity in the late 70s, to his leap to stardom in the 80s, to his reemergence in the twenty-first century as both an artistic icon and a star maker. Ro chronicles the music, showing how Prince and his albums helped define and inspire a generation. Along the way, Prince confronted labels, fostered other young talents, and took ownership of his music, making a profound mark on the entertainment industry and pop culture.
In this authoritative biography, Ro digs deep to reveal the man behind some of the most important music of our time.
Ronin Ro is an awardwinning author and music journalist. He has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, USA Today, Playboy, Vanity Fair, and Vibe. He is the author of several other books, including the critically acclaimed Have Gun Will Travel: The Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records.
©2011 Ronin Ro (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“Prince has helped redefine the boundaries of the music industry, and this solid biography gives fans a peek at a complicated talent.” ( Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By HONEST BUYER on 05-05-16

Pretty good, narrator detracts...

I really know nothing about Prince's history, so in that respect I found the book interesting. Learning about: the process of having to deal with both Prince (large ego) greater talent) and Warner bros was eye opening, disposability of band members, womanizing, and his insecure nature.
The narrator really brings the quality down. He sounds like Paul Mooney, over annunciates, and has horrible pronunciation. Two examples: he reads"nothing never" instead of "nothing ever," and is unable to say "Arista" (as in records) correctly.

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5 out of 5 stars
By loren on 07-26-16


If you're a Prince fan you first must read Purple Rain before reading this book but after you read Purple Rain everything will make sense it's a must-read.

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