Legendarily reticent, perverse and misleading, Prince is one of the few remaining 80s superstars who still, perhaps, remains unexplained. Now a firm fixture in the pop canon, where such classics as 'Purple Rain', 'Sign o' the Times' and 'Parade' regularly feature in Best Ever Album polls, Prince is still, as he ever was, an enigma.
His live performances are legendary (21 Nights at the O2 in 2007) and while recent releases have been modestly successful at best, his influence on urban music, and R'n'B in particular, has never been more evident. His influence can be heard everywhere, equally inspiring to the prime movers of indie rock, dubstep and hip hop.
Matt Thorne's Prince, through years of research and interviews with dozens of intimate associates including ex-Revolution members such as Wendy and Lisa, is an account of a pop maverick whose experiments with rock, funk, techno and jazz revolutionised pop. With reference to every phase of his career and over 35 years in the recording studio and onstage, Prince will standfor years to come as the go-to book on the Great Man.
Read Matt Thorne's piece on the Thought Fox blog.
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