Prince

Prince

Inside the Music and the Masks

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the controversial and influential pop artist documents his rise from an unknown musician to a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, offering insight into his role in confronting labels and fostering other young talents.

McMillan Palgrave

A fascinating, authoritative biography of one of the most commercial, controversial, and influential musicians of all time

In his three decades-long of recording, Prince has had nearly thirty albums hit the Billboard Top 100. He is the only artist since the Beatles to have a number one song, movie, and single at the same time. Prince's trajectory—from a teenage unknown in Minneapolis to an idol and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer—has won him millions of adoring fans.

Prince is the first book to give full treatment to this 30-year career of epic proportions. Acclaimed music journalist Ronin Ro traces Prince's rise from anonymity in the late 70s, to his catapult to stardom in the 80s, to his reemergence in the 21st century as both an artistic icon and a starmaker. Ro chronicles the music, showing how Prince and his albums helped define and inspire a generation. Along the way, Prince confronted labels, fostered other young talents, and took ownership of his music, making a profound mark on the entertainment industry and pop culture.

In this authoritative biography, Ro digs deep to reveal the man behind some of the most important music of our time.



Blackwell Publishing
Prince is the only recording artist since the Beatles to have a number-one song, movie, and single at the same time. In his three-decade-long career, he has had nearly thirty albums hit the Billboard Top 100. His trajectory-from a teenage unknown in late-1970s Minneapolis, to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, to his turn as starmaker-has established him as one of the most important musicians alive. This book gives proper treatment to a thirty-year career of epic proportions.

Ronin Ro, the celebrated music journalist and author of Have Gun Will Travel, tells the story of how Prince achieved his own brand of mega-success by bucking industry trends and refusing to play by anyone's rules but his own. Ro examines his innovative sound, and how his prodigious talents as a singer, guitarist, producer, and entertainer helped define a musical era. Along the way, Prince confronted recording labels and their executives, fostered other young talents, and took ownership of his music, making a profound mark on the entertainment industry as a whole.

In Prince, Ro shows how one man's influence-on music, on style, on popular culture-continues to be felt.

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& Taylor

"... Full-scale biography of the musical career of Prince, one of the most commercially successful, controversial, and influential musicians of all time"--Jacket.
An authoritative portrait of the controversial and influential pop artist documents his rise from an unknown musician to a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, offering insight into his role in confronting labels and fostering other young talents. By the author of Dr. Dre.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312383008
0312383002
Branch Call Number: 781.6609 PRI
BIOGRAPHY
Characteristics: ix, 370 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Dec 14, 2016

Very disappointing. Prince is extraordinary and this book is not.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "This book takes the reader through Prince's early life and then through his every so intriguing career. Prince is a passionate artist, a brilliant businessman, and a complex human being.

Ronin Ro has done an excellent job of uncovering so many of the mysteries that we have never understood about Prince, and makes them all fall in to place.

This a a really great book for any Prince fan or anyone who has every wondered about the seemingly complicated nature of this amazing artist!"

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