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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.
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.See all Editorial Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the most detailed writing I've read on Prince. It definitely opens up his world to you.. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DaveSincere
Ronin Ro did an excellent job of researching the very private icon. He not only discuss how he became the star he is but Ronin showed how the Purple One let his ego get the best of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shelania Johnson
Great book. A lot of insider info. Miles better than Toure's effort.Published 8 months ago by Alan McVeigh
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 13 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 16 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 22 months ago by Amazon lover