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Prince: A Celebration Paperback – October 4, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (October 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571273491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571273492
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Thorne is the author of six novels including Eight Minutes Idle which was recently adapted for film and Cherry which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

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A must for fans.
David P. Weber
I found numerous words spelled incorrectly, many many misplaced commas and worst of all far too many run-on or incomplete sentences.
R. Baillargeon
Very informative on the vault selection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David P. Weber on April 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Prince is seen primarily as an "Eighties artist" and those who go to see him usually wanna hear 'Doves', 'Purple Rain', 'Corvette' and so on. In recent times, Prince has seen fit to oblige.

Those of us who've followed Prince's career more closely know too well the rewards and frustrations. Thorne is a fan, but far from an uncritical one, and that's what makes this book so interesting.

I am a huge fan of Prince (among other arists) and I found I disagreed with a lot of Thorne's assessments. Yet his work is so well-researched that I found myself being convinced from time to time, or at least seeing his point.

It's a great argument-starter for Prince fans, and it's primarily about the music, and the man's career, rather than who he slept with. The birth of his baby is given relatively short shrift, for instance, except to the extent that it informed his songs. The furore over the Lovesexy album cover is also cursorily dealt with (Thorne justifiably loves the LP but one is left to wonder if it would've performed better if Prince didn't pose for it in the buff).

A great, rather speedy read, despite its breadth. A must for fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Baillargeon on March 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is a mixed bag for me. Matt is obviously a huge Prince fanatic, and knows the catalog very well. I found the groupings of songs in time periods, as well as songs destined to be on albums but cut for one reason or another to be quite interesting. Also his interviews with ex-bandmembers make for an illuminating read.

My first problem is with Matt's critical approach. His own opinions of albums (his favorite vs. least favorite), his ideas (what may or may not have been a track listing) and his reviews of individual songs (what constitues the best or worst songs) is rather arbitrary at best and rather irresponsible at worst. As a critical writer or reviewer while personal opinions do matter, too often in this book they are thrust in our faces as absolutes, coloring impressions before the reader can even listen (or relisten) to a track.

My second problem is the writing itself. My goodness! I am hoping the e-reader edition is merely transcribed wrong. I found numerous words spelled incorrectly, many many misplaced commas and worst of all far too many run-on or incomplete sentences. It reads very poorly, in fact I often found myself re-reading sentences just to try and understand what was going on. I will reiterate, this was the e-reader edition, and many of us have encountered poorly transcribed books before in this way. I will for the time chalk this up to that, but please be aware.

All said I would not turn up this book. There are few books (if any) that provide this much information on Prince, and most of it is factual and well-researched. It made me drag my Prince collection back to the forefront of my library and rediscover a few lost gems. To that end you certainly cannot ask for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RelevantC on January 7, 2013
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Well written and a great read! This was my first book I read about Prince and it was awesome! If you're a Prince fan pick it up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Gerard on January 7, 2013
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A flawed but ultimately worthwhile read. Thorne assumes his reader already knows a lot about Prince, so glosses over things as he lurches quickly from album to album, often given key songs only cursory mentions and then inexplicably lingering over forgotten side projects like Carmen Electra's album. He always writes almost as much about himself as Prince - it's really about his personal feeling and reaction as a fanboy (and he's an enthusiastic fan, for sure) about Prince's discography. Some of his conclusions are completely off-base, some I found myself agreeing with. The best parts are the interviews with former associates, and the segments about the Dream Factory period are particularly enlightening (especially the notion that the firm "tracklistings" for "The Dream Factory" that have been published over the years might not be anything other than a collection of songs on a tape for Prince's personal review rather than a possible album configuration. Which is something I long suspected... I never imagined that "Movie Star" would have been mooted for that album.)

Still, it's a fast and ultimately interesting study of Prince's music by a die-hard fan, and if it ultimately fails to shed much new light on Prince overall, that says more about Prince than Matt Thorne. Worth the read.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Prince's music deserves to be discussed in a more detailed and sophisticated fashion than the author has done in this book and less emphasis should have been put on pointless speculation about the potency of the music that's never been released. Also key elements of Prince sound like Linn drum machine or Fairlight should have got more attention from the author.

Morever, the book offers too little insight into overtly sexual MTV culture of the 80's and fails to explain some of reasons for Prince's unanticipated mega success in his heyday.
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By C. Rogers on May 3, 2013
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Not for the casual fan. Though, a casual fan would not likely be buying a book about Prince any way.
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This book is NOT a real biography in that it covers very little of Prince's personal life, the book focuses mainly on his musical career. Matt Thorne is clearly a HUGE Prince fan and discusses at length each album, track by track, tour by tour. He discusses unreleased tracks, bootlegs, everything connected to Prince's musical career. I found the book to be quite an interesting read and it had me pulling the Prince albums I do off of the shelf to give them a spin again and re-discover the music.
A book of this type is probably more for the die-hard fan than the casual listener or if you're music buff like myself and find this kind of history interesting, then this a book for you!
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