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Purple Reign: The Artist Formerly Known As Prince Paperback – April, 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel Pr; 1st edition (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806520655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806520650
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,199,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
After reading this book, I wonder if Ms. Jones has to pay any penalties for ripping off other people who interviewed Prince and didn't give credit. She made it sound as though she was interviewing Prince even though there are direct quotes from other interviews made by others. Incredibly tacky! If you want to know more about Prince, read Per Nilsen's book "DanceMusicSexRomance." Even though it only works up to the end of 1987, it is absolutely incredible. Stay away from "Purple Reign." I felt truly ripped off.
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Format: Hardcover
I found Purple Reign to be a very interesting read, especially considering my interest in The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. Interviews done for the book in addition to interviews taken from previous magazine gave excellent insight to the personality and talent of O(+> in addition to the circumstances in which he writes his music. A great deal of information was given to me of which I was previously unaware and it was a very comprehensive book.
However, I find it doubtful that much of this information is completely accurate. In any unauthorized biography, one must be aware of the fact that interviews and information from vindictive ex-employees is probably not all that reliable. There seems to be a polarity in the book: one group of people raved about how fantastic a person Prince is, while the other group of people couldn't stop talking about how much of a jerk he was. There were some believable sources (Wendy & Lisa, Alan Leeds, Eric Leeds, etc.), but many seemed to be doubtful.
Which brings me to by fart the weakest quality of the book (and the reason I only gave it 3 stars). The book is absolutely terribly written. Liz Jones convolutes many paragraphs in such a way that the reader has no idea who she's talking about by the time the paragraph has ended. Jones manages to use the words 'he' and 'she' over ten times in one 15 line paragraph without once mentioning exactly who she was speaking of. Jones rarely introduces her interviewees, making it very difficult for readers not familiar with O(+>'s associates to follow the book. I find it incredible that Jones is a regular magazine columnist in England and currently editor of a major magazine; perhaps a creative writing course is warranted!
All in all, a very easy and fascinating read. I recommend it. I do, however, look forward to Per Nilson's Dancemusicsexromance for additional insight into Prince's music and less focus on 'dirt'.
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Format: Hardcover
This is not a trashy tell all biography of Prince's life, but rather a book that uses quotes from the man himself as well as articles and interviews with former band members and management to present an intelligent, informative look into the world of Prince/O(+>. Although much of the information presented here is common knowledge to diehard fans, it is still fascinating to read about the evolution of "black" music, funk, and the Minneapolis sound as it relates to Prince's music. This is definitely a must-read if you are new to the jams and want to get a handle on what the addiction is. Excellent discography and reviews of all commercial releases up to Emanicipation.
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Format: Hardcover
COMPARED TO PER NILSEN'S DANCEMUSICSEXROMANCE this is Worthy of The Star MAGIZINE.very ORdinary.THe Family Picture is the only New thing Of Interest.She Doesn't Explore THe MAN's Music Enough For Me.That's All that Really Matters In THe End.She Should Have Said More About the Music what She Liked or Didn't.It's very UNFocused.More Tabloid than SUbstance.
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Format: Hardcover
It's all too obvious that you-know-who wanted to have the final say on this book--after all, we're talking about the guy who has done all he can to have other books about him which he considered "too revealing" vanish. What is amazing, though, is some of the details which the book does bring up (such as in the notorious "epilogue") which I'm surprised he allowed the author to get away with. What I also think would be REALLY fascinating would be if a new "updated" version of this book were released featuring a whole new chapter on the way Prince handled what is now known as "The Crystal Ball Fiasco" and his threatening other websites on the internet. Even better, to hear him say something about those actions himself and see if he either simply didn't care or did care but just made some serious blunders without knowing how to apologize. I wish I knew.
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Format: Hardcover
I was disapointed in the book from the very beginning. Although there was a lot of information about the artist himself and the music industry, the writing style was that of an eight grader. She jumps from subject to subject, not even in chronoligical order. It appeared that she got more information from magazines and television rather than from her "long awaited" interview. She talks about so many people like we've known them for years. She adds a lot of, what seems like, inside joke humor. Unless you've worked with The Artist, you would have no idea what she's talking about. All in all, if you would like lot's of information on The Artist, read the book. But be prepared for being confused.
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I REMEMBER WHEN PRINCE FIRST CAME OUT WITH "I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER". PRINCE IS VERY TALENTED. PLAYS ALL THE INSTRUMENTS,WRITE SONGS, AND CAN DANCE IN HIGH HEELS!. HE WAS THE MAN OF THE 80'S. I ENJOYED THIS BOOK, AND THE PRICE WAS RIGHT.
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