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Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain Hardcover – December 9, 2014
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"Drawing on interviews with musicians and filmmakers involved in the making of the title song, the album, and the movie, Light provides not only a portrait of a musician compelled to share his musical vision, no matter the cost, but also a cultural history of the times in which the film and music debuted." (Publishers Weekly)
"Alan Light gets inside Prince’s mind palace in Let’s Go Crazy—a history of the making of his historic, semi-autobiographical musical masterwork, Purple Rain." (Vanity Fair)
“In all, Light’s 300-page reassessment of Prince’smagnum opus is a revealing study in cinema and sound, not to mention afascinating look at the dynamic young performer behind the songs (and image).” (Cleveland Music Examiner)
“Light’s behind-the-scenes look at a rock classic offers an enticing glimpse into its charming yet enigmatic creator.” (Booklist)
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"Thoughtful and illuminating... [Mr. Light] is a fine companion for this journey through one song’s changing fortunes." (The New York Times)
"A combination mystery tale, detective story, pop critique and sacred psalm of its own." (The Daily News)
"Brilliantly revelatory... A masterful work of critical journalism." (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
"A deeply researched mixture of critical analysis and cultural archaeology." (Los Angeles Times)
"Keeps the pages turning... A well-constructed, consistently enlightening book, which should have Cohen devotees and music fans alike seeking out their favorite version of the song." (The Boston Globe)
"Fresh and compelling." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Reverentially details every stage in the [song's] evolution—and along the way, he reveals the compelling stories behind some of its most iconic interpretations." (The Atlantic)
"Absorbing…Eloquent... Light expertly unpacks the song's long, strange journey to ubiquity." (The Village Voice)
"A must for music fans." (Booklist (starred review))
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With an entertainer like Prince, whose lack of Internet presence on sites like Youtube makes him increasingly inaccessible to the younger generation of 20-somethings and under, this book offers great insight to one of the world’s most popular and elusive musical geniuses. Until Prince is ready to tell his own story, this is the next best thing. Highly recommended for Prince fans everywhere!
What it covers: After a quick introductory chapter that sets the stage, the book gives a fairly fast description of Prince's youth and follows through his first few albums. Things slow down when Prince releases the album 1999 and prepares for Purple Rain. The book walks through how the movie deal slowly comes together (despite everyone involved not really knowing what it was going to be) and the motivations and creation of each of the songs for the album. This part is interesting as the author approaches them like a rock critic, but includes notes about how the song was actually recorded and changed over time. It even includes those Prince superfan notes about how certain parts were extended for the movie or how early drafts of the album include songs that were later shifted to other artists in Prince's stable. After the album's and movie's releases, he describes the critical and commercial success of each and how they fit into the culture. There are sections devoted to Prince's rivalry with Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson and more. After discussing the Purple Rain tour, it begins to speed up the narrative again. It follows the changes in cultural perception Prince was met with and - as best as it can probably be described - the musician's change in attitude to making less commercial music and becoming more distanced from the Revoltion. Diehard fans may be disappointed that the book focuses largely on Purple Rain and hardly discusses his following albums.
Format: The book has so many quotes and anecdotes of different individuals that it reads like an oral history.Read more ›
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This was a very enjoyable read. Light did a masterful job of keeping his own fandom in check while sharing a nuanced picture of Prince as well as those involved in the Revolution... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Melanie Rigney
I haven't read a lot of books on the making of this movie but this was excellent! As a Prince fan since the beginning, I loved the wonderful insight on Prince himself and how... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cufflynk
Thanx for my order. Can't wait to read it. Excellent condition. #PrinceFan4LifePublished 5 months ago by Jessica Compre
Love it! It takes me back to the summer of 84 and what it was like for it all to come together.Published 5 months ago by CLEVELAND L DENSON
As a Prince fanatic, I was very surprised how much I enjoyed this book. Even though we are in familar territory the author provded some excellent new insights and presented them in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Trevor Davison