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‘Annie Christian’: When Prince Got Weird

‘Annie Christian’: When Prince Got Weird 1
This propensity for unusual lyrical subject matter was a constant throughout Prince's musical output.

R.E.M.’s lead guitarist, Peter Buck once referred to Prince as “one of the weirdest musicians in the Top 10.” Regardless of his success in the charts, it’s hard to argue with Buck’s assessment that Prince’s musical catalogue is more than a bit leftfield in every regard...

Prince’s 1999 album and Generation X

Prince’s 1999 album and Generation X 3
My Prince origin story happened with the '1999' album, which is getting its own deluxe edition treatment.

Writer Scott Woods notes in his blog “Every Prince fan is the World’s Biggest Prince Fan,” that for most Prince fans, “you likely have your own origin story.” My own Prince origin story happens to be with the album 1999, which is getting its own deluxe edition treatment this winter...

Prince: Grief Counselor

Prince: Grief Counselor 4
How much can you love someone you never knew?

I’ll never forget seeing the news at about 11:50 AM on April 21, 2016. The breaking news alert on my phone simply said something like, “Male found unresponsive at Paisley Park.” Within minutes my worst fears were realized when it was revealed that “male” was Prince...

Prince’s 1983 Masterpiece

Prince’s 1983 Masterpiece 5
What would a 1983 Prince album have looked like if he hadn’t given all of that music away?

He started working with other artists as an outlet for his creativity that couldn’t be contained. The Time, Vanity 6, Sheena Easton, and Sheila E. to name a few. Originals is proof of this, not that we needed it. It begs the question: What would a 1983 Prince album have looked like if he hadn’t given all of that music away?

The Beautiful One: Fashioning The Kid in Purple Rain

The Beautiful One: Fashioning The Kid in Purple Rain 6
The iconic style of ‘The Kid’ is now very much part of our popular culture.

Prince's iconic Purple Rain outfit; the purple trench coat, the frilly shirt and the high waisted trousers are now forever embedded within popular culture as the archetype of the musician's prolific visual image. On the 35th anniversary of the film's release, Casci Ritchie discusses just what makes 'The Kid' fashions so memorable...

Celebrate Prince’s Birthday With 24 Rare Covers

Celebrate Prince’s Birthday With 24 Rare Covers 7
Here are 24 rare Prince covers for your listening pleasure on June 7, Prince’s birthday.

Prince songs are beloved by musicians of every stripe. Jam bands and jazz heads, country acts and chamber orchestras, neo-soul singers and new age slingers, all have been inspired to perform his “easy-to-play-yet-difficult-to-improve-upon” tunes for the sheer joy of it.

Money Don’t Matter 2 Night

Money Don’t Matter 2 Night 8
Prince's secret and private nature didn't help to understand the reasons behind some decisions.

Prince's relationship with money was convoluted, to say the least. His secret and private nature didn't help to understand the reasons behind some controversial decisions he made during his lifetime. In this article, these topics will be analyzed in the light of revelations made since April 21st, 2016.

More Than Purple

More Than Purple 9
At various points in his career, Prince did his best to unshackle himself from his purple past...

As an icon of not just music but popular culture in general, when you mention Prince to anyone who isn’t necessarily a fan, they will more than likely conjure up a very specific image of him in their mind. It will relate to a particular period, and be linked to a particular color.

U ain’t ready 4 me

U ain't ready 4 me 10

Since April 21st 2016, I have often felt the need to write something about his death, and what it meant for the many hardcore fans around the world. But very soon I realised it was very sensitive material to me: the superstar, the music genius living in an ivory tower for decades… was actually someone I felt very, very close to me.

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