Legendarily reticent, perverse and misleading, Prince is one of the few remaining 80's superstars who still, perhaps, remains unexplained. Now a firm fixture in the pop canon, where such classics as Purple Rain, Sign o' the Times and Parade regularly feature in Best Ever Album polls, Prince is still, as he ever was, an enigma. His live performances are legendary (21 Nights at the O2 in 2007) and while recent releases have been modestly successful at best, his influence on urban music, and R'n'B in particular, has never been more evident. The Minneapolis Sound can now be heard everywhere.
Matt Thorne's Prince, through years of research and interviews with ex-Revolution members such as Wendy and Lisa, is an account of a pop maverick whose experiments with rock, funk, techno and jazz revolutionised pop. With reference to every song, released and unreleased, over 35 years of recording, Prince will stand for years to come as the go-to book on the Great Man.
About the Author
Matt Thorne is the author of six novels including Eight Minutes Idle and Cherry, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. He is also a regular reviewer for the Independent on Sunday.
'Thorne is a compelling, emotional narrator.' Kate Mossman, New Statesman
'Highly engaging.' Mark Ellen, Observer
'The final word on the mad genius known as Prince Rogers Nelson. There is now quite literally nothing more to say about Prince or his music. It's all here - dance, sex, romance, and above all, the music. Downright orgasmic.' Current magazine
'It's to Thorne's credit that through painstaking research and interviews he manages to paint a picture of what the man, rather than the myth, is actually like. A must for the legion of Prince fans out there.' Doug Johnstone, Big Issue