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I thoroughly enjoyed this reading of The Rise of Prince: 158-1988. In so many ways this nonfiction story feels like a tragedy with Prince like a Citizen Kane-figure, his many abandoned albums--and lovers--his "rosebud." A 'must listen' for followers of the Purple One!
Very detailed. Many times during this book you’ll initially be shocked at his awkwardness, arrogance and power freakery. The fact is, he only had a band because he couldn’t play all the instruments himself in a live show. To me this book shows the wacko side of Prince, but show me a genius that wasn’t a little bit nuts. In contrast to any thoughts the reader may have of Prince being an arrogant control freak, I think the band members lost sight of what they New from the start. Like a conductor in an orchestra, they all had a part to play when he needed them. From the start, he set out to be the star. They knew this, they were just tools to aid the craftsman in the creation of his work. He never changed in this respect. It was ALL about the music and perfection. Everything else in his life cane second.
Brilliant story of a very prolific artists who had so much self belief, but so much self doubt. Tortured soul is an overused term, but it does seem like Prince was constantly trying to be the best at all cost, then having moments of solace.