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"Did 10 years of researching the enigmatic Prince pay off? You bet.
For much of the 1980s, Prince was arguably the most important pop musician on the planet. He wasn't an originator, however, but a sponge who could take bits and pieces from different genres and manage to create something uniquely his own. The fact that he could sing well, play expertly on several instruments and wear the hell out of skin-tight leotards didn't hurt either. Considering his sales figures, influence and huge, albeit admittedly inconsistent discography, it's surprising that nobody has delivered a noteworthy Prince bio...until now. Veteran journalist Ro (Dr. Dre: The Biography, 2007, etc.) spent a decade researching this book—which shouldn't surprise Prince's fans, as the man is notoriously private—and it was worth it, as he was able to get vital information, opinions and anecdotes from Prince's close and not-so-close associates, everybody from sidemen to record-label execs. (Unsurprisingly, the man himself did not grant Ro access.) By utilizing verbatim dialogue, the book often reads like a novel; granted, some readers may doubt the veracity of every piece of dialogue, but it's enjoyable nonetheless. The author has an obvious affection for Prince's work, but he maintains enough objectivity to be credible.
An energetic, detailed balance of reportage and criticism about an icon of his era."—Kirkus Reviews
RONIN RO has written for USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, MTV, Rolling Stone, and Playboy. He has written eight books about the entertainment industry.
Here's an understatement: Prince has always remained a bit of a mystery even to his most loyal fans. For those of us on the more casual side of fandom, he's almost an unknown. Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Booker
No matter if you are dying Prince fan or not, there is nothing new that you can read in this book. 2/3 of the book is when he started recording songs from the very start of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dejan Dukovski
Well written. You won't be able to put it down if you're a true Prince fan.
I love how other authors have their own view and choice of material. Read more
The book came in good time and is in very good condition. I wish the hard cover had came in the plastic covering but over all I'm satisfied with it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon lover
i haven't gotten around to actually reading this book yet, but when i do i know i will enjoy the readPublished 14 months ago by sheilacheetah
I've been a prince fan all my life,i've read so many books about his life including the very long book "The Vault" but this one is shorter and much more easier to take in! Read morePublished 16 months ago by funkkid
I gotta say this was probably the most interesting and informative book on Prince that I have read. This wasn't a waste of time.Published 17 months ago by Christopher Foster
This was a great find since all the music stores do not carry a large selection. I was very happy with the product.Published 17 months ago by Frances
I have not read the book yet but I know it is going to be good, especially if Ronin Ro wrote the book. Just like his autobiography of Dr. Dre, I know this book will be detailed. Read morePublished 18 months ago by luv it!!!