It really drew together a nice chronology for me of all of these names and Prince people I've heard about over the years in podcasts and interviews, making the history easier to track. I really appreciate that the book doesn't totally shy away from the less savory elements of Prince's car This book is a godsend for a person like me that became a real Prince-head later in life. I really appreciate that the book doesn't totally shy away from the less savory elements of Prince's career.
Nilsen, like any right thinking person, recognizes Prince's genius, but also talks about how Prince especially early on was reluctant to give credit to those who helped him. The biggest takeaway of this book is the ridiculous worth ethic Prince had. The need this man had to put out music was just insane. The years the book goes into detail on where Prince is working on 2, 3, 4 or more projects at a time just shows how unreal the cat was.
The only complaint I have is that there wasn't another 30 pages covering Lovesexy to say Diamond and Pearls. I always found the New Power Generation era to be an interesting turn in Prince's career, and I would like to have had the way he developed that band covered.
Not to mention getting the story on Batman. Otherwise, this is basically required reading, and a great compliment to all of the podcast interviews you can find these days. This is the most comprehensive look at the man's life and first ten years of his career. You get all the highs and lows; the good and bad.
You hear from his former friends and bandmates on his temper, his insecurities, his musical genius, and his good heart. I could not put it down, it's the definitive book about Prince's years before his disputes with Warner Bros in the early 90s. There is some information about Prince's personal life and his relationships with band members and girlfriends in addition to information about what he was recording and when.
It's fairly written and very enjoyable. Jul 25, Alain rated it really liked it brings some clarity to the early Prince years, definitely a good read for a fan, tho some of its not too flattering.
But it does humanize him and shows him to be the extremely hard working, ambitious genius he is Jan 08, Rob rated it liked it Love the subject and his music deeply. The writing is very straightforward and a bit dry, but nonetheless full of good stuff.