- 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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Purple Reign: The Artist Formerly Known As Prince Paperback – April, 1999
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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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This is another great book about the musical icon, Prince. He is amazing. Love this book. It is very apparent why Prince is so popular. Everything he does is outstanding.Published on February 26, 2013 by C. Christoffersen
Several interviews rolled into one book. It was an "ok" read, that's why I gave it three stars. For a longtime Prince fan, there will be nothing new here. Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by D. Hudson
Prince is a notoriously difficult biographical subject. Most things said about him are second hand accounts of one sort or another and what does come from the source tends to be... Read morePublished on April 20, 2010 by Andre S. Grindle
There's some good information here. However, Jones' writing is stylistically poor, making for a frustrating read (and not in a productively challenging way). Read morePublished on November 3, 2006 by Z. Stiegler
Awful book! Forgot this book and most books written on this brilliant, fascinating and complicated subject. Read morePublished on November 23, 1999
I found this book to be extremely informative.Liz Jones really did a great job in portraying Prince's life. He is a terrific artist, not to mention cute!Published on October 28, 1999
I wish she would have wrote a little more about Vanity. Who was a huge influence over his musical career, she inspired lot's of his number 1 hit songs. Read morePublished on October 5, 1999