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21 Nights Hardcover – September 30, 2008

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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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The bestselling author of "Encyclopedia an Ordinary Life" returns with a literary experience that is unprecedented, unforgettable, and explosively human. Hardcover | Kindle book
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Starred Review. For international pop star Prince's first book, photographer St. Nicholas set up shop during the performer's 2007 sold-out 21-night stand at the O2 Center in London. In Prince's room, by the hotel elevator, backstage at the concert hall, out on the streets after-hours and on stage, St. Nicholas dazzles with one magical shot after another. Perhaps the most enigmatic and tight-lipped of modern rock stars, St. Nicholas says in her introduction that "to know him is to know that you probably will never really know him and to question that is a waste of time." Images reveal quiet joy and pronounced solitude, pensiveness and passion, like a two-shot of Prince sitting head down at his mirrored piano, eyes closed, fingers worn down by guitar strings. Though at first glance many of these images--vividly colored, dynamically framed--appear staged, this hefty, gorgeous tome is filled largely with off-the-cuff shots of the artist and his band, the New Power Generation. Accompanying photos are Prince's lyrics and poetry--he writes a lot about women and biblical lessons--as well as a 15-track CD recorded live at London's Indigo club, where he played most nights after the concert. Though the low-light restriction at times interferes with a perfect print, St. Nicholas has crafted a gorgeous, raw and honest portrait of one of the world's most elusive musicians, a worthy addition to any fan's library.
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As one of the greatest American Pop Music icons, Prince has won numerous awards including an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Brit Award, and several Grammy Awards throughout his highly successful career. Prince’s super stardom took off with his album Purple Rain (concurrent with the film of the same name in the 80s. Most recently, in 2004 with the release of his album Musicology, Pollstar named Prince the top concert draw among musicians in America. Prince's Musicology Tour was the most profitable tour in the music industry that year. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the UK Hall of Fame in 2006.

Randee St Nicholas is one of the music and entertainment industries' most acclaimed portrait photographers. She photographed Whitney numerous times throughout her career and directed the music video for "I'm Every Woman." She lives in Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Slp Har/Co edition (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416554440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416554448
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.2 x 13.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I own everything Prince has ever released, from For You to 21 Nights, (including a lot of "other" stuff). Unfortunately, I am still a sucker for everything this man records, and rush out to buy his new music, hoping new inspiration has found the once and future king.

And while ordinarily I find it hilarious that hundreds of people rush to review a new record in the first day of its release, as if they can really absorb new music that fast, in some ways, I consider this a rehash of the past, (again due to "other" stuff).

Where to begin? Well since I primarily bought this for the music, let me start there. The recording itself is magnificent. The band is super tight, and jamming as always.

But the song selection leaves SO MUCH to be desired, I just don't understand who Prince is trying to please with this release. And while I know the other hard core fans will rush to his defense, slam this review and say that this is for the TRUE FANS, I'm here to tell you, I fit the mold of a true fan, and unfortunately this just doesn't hit the mark. Many of the jams sound great on their own, but packaged together for 77 minutes, they just wander aimlessly.

And another thing, I love that Prince tries to support other artists, but official live Prince CDs are not exactly rolling off the shelves these days. That being the case, did we really need TWO Shelby songs, a Beverly Knight song, a useless souless salsa song called Indigo Nights, and a hiliarously misguided sermon talking about how everyone wants to take his picture. He actually says it's to the point that he can't leave his house anymore. Prince, your sermon came as part of a PICTURE BOOK!!!!!!

Speaking of the picture book, there are a number of beautiful shots.
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In case you were looking for it, here is what songs are on the accompanying "Indigo Nights/Live Sessions" CD:

1. 3121
2. Girls and Boys
3. Song of the Heart
4. Delirious
5. Just Like You (monologue)
6. Satisfied
7. Beggin' Woman Blues (new song)
8. Rock Steady (feat. Beverly Knight)
9. Whole Lotta Love
10. Alphabet Street
11. Indigo Nights
12. Misty Blue (feat. Shelby J.)
13. Baby Love (feat. Shelby J.)
14. The One
15. All the Critics Love U in London
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The book is very disappointing. Seems like Prince is just trying to show off his ritzy lifestyle during the 21 Nights Tour. There is very little substantive coverage of anything. I was expecting truly insightful photos and prose into the tour and/or his life. The photos are fluff. The CD has a few gems on it, but even that fails to deliver anything highly impressive. The "Whole Lotta Love" cover of Zeppelin is excellent.
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First I'd like to say, yes I have listened to bootlegs of live shows of his. Yes they were great and in some ways, except for total sound quality they were better. However, being someone who was not able to attend the shows in london I'd have to say I love the chance to get a glimpse into what was going on. Granted, I too think that including the tracks by other artists does take away from the disc. I mean who really wants to hear others when they buy a cd to hear their artist live? That aside though I do not see this cd as something that could be considered a proper release. Meaning, I believe, as some have said that this was simply an add on to the book, kinda mood music while looking through the pics. While some of the songs are great and complete, the addition of other artists makes me believe this was almost a musical appetizer to go with the book. I do not understand the inclusion of all the pictures that are not of prince and the band, but i can appreciate the pics of the twins/maid. I mean come on they are very nice to look at LOL. But I do believe this wasn't intended to be a photo album of prince, I believe it was to capture moments in time on the journey of 21 nights. Kind of a way to show you what prince sees as he travels to perform. I definitely would have loved to see more on-stage type pictures too, but this is more a photo essay, so if some pictures seem staged, as someone said, that is because it's intended to be, it's not impromptu, it's not spontaneous. It's beautiful photography, done in such a way as to capture a gig, one that lasted 21 nights. So when people are overly critical, I only have to ask what were you expecting? It is what it is. A Beautifully bound timepiece that also includes a musical interlude from something we were not fortunate enough to attend.Read more ›
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By Rob on December 30, 2008
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Being a VERY huge Prince fan after almost 30 years and collecting everything this guy has released including all his protege groups, bootlegs, concerts, movies, etc. I would have to say I am pretty disappointed in this book as well as the CD. First I dont seem to understand why we get filler pages and photos of all his maids, clothes, rooms, buildings, and streets with store windows!? Where is Prince performing his 21 Nights concerts? Than really wanting to hear the disc again I was terribly disappointed. The quality of course is excellent but who needs filler songs again with girl guest singers? Again where is Prince? The other book that was also released around the same time called Prince: Life And Times is way better than this release and I catch myself always reaching for that book and reading it page by page. As Prince is always complaining and removing his pictures and photographs I see this book as another way of him telling all the fans that this is all your getting and youll have to pay me in order to view them too. Than Im sorry Prince, Than you should have not chosen to be a star if you didnt want your fans to take photos or ask you for an autograph. Its a part of the career.
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