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PEOPLE Prince

PEOPLE Prince

PEOPLE Prince

His name was Prince, His Royal Badness, The Artist. A musical prodigy from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who became an iconic force in music for more than three decades before his tragic, untimely death in 2016. Now, this special edition celebrates the unmatched genius of Prince Rogers Nelson. With over 115 incredible photos, it offers an extensive look into Prince's life, from his childhood and rise to fame, to his outstanding discography, his inimitable style, and his musical legacy. This collector's edition delves into the fight for his artistic rights and the story behind the "Love Symbol," plus the secret world inside Paisley Park, including the women he loved and championed, and the details of his final days. Hearing from celebrity friends and peers about the impact Prince had on their lives, even devout fans will learn things about the superstar and how his legacy continues to evolve.

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1 min.
nothing compares…

The Purple One. His Royal Badness. The Artist. He was known by many names during his electrifying three-decades-long career, including at one point the unpronounceable Love Symbol that only a public personality as iconic as Prince could pull off. Born, raised and long-devoted to Minneapolis, Prince Rogers Nelson was among that city’s greatest gifts to the world, a musical prodigy whose virtuoso guitar licks, often raunchy lyrics and jamming beats provided the funky soundtrack to a global generation. In his life the prolific artist, who sold more than 100 million records, gave us more than 39 studio albums, five U.S. No. 1 singles and an Oscar-winning film score (Purple Rain). He also wrote hit songs for performers as diverse as Chaka Khan, Sinéad O’Connor and the Bangles. Prince didn’t stop…

1 min.
dig if you will: prince in pictures

‘PEOPLE THAT AREN’T HIP TO IT, I HOPE THEY DO GET HIP TO IT, BECAUSE I’M GOING TO BE AROUND FOR A WHILE’—PRINCE, ADDRESSING EARLY CRITICS OF HIS OVERT SEXUALITY‘HE WAS SO FUNNY. THERE’S A LOT THAT YOU DIDN’T SEE THAT WAS SO FUNNY’—SHEILA E.‘IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT SOMEONE ON THIS PLANET ONLY 57 YEARS COULD HAVE THAT KIND OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND DEPTH’—PHARRELL WILLIAMS…

2 min.
remembering my friend

PRINCE AND I met in junior high school. I was in seventh grade, he was in eighth, and we shared a music class. We already knew how to play the keyboards, but we did it to get out of school for an hour. It was a keyboard lab, and the teacher would ask you to play a simple song, like “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and then [he would] leave. And then for a full hour we would just jam. Prince was already an amazing keyboard player. I had no idea at the time that he could also play drums, guitar, all these instruments—but on the keyboards he was unparalleled. Particularly for being that young. He put a demo together where he played all of the instruments on it and sang…

9 min.
prince’s early years

Jimmy Hamilton was pretty sure the quiet kid he taught music theory to at Bryant Junior High School in Minneapolis could have a solid career on the local music scene—but an international rock star? No way. “He had the ear,” Hamilton recalls, “but he was so shy.” And so the man who taught Prince Rogers Nelson to play the piano, and remembers him tapping out “Stairway to Heaven” in the band room, never saw His Royal Badness coming. As a rock star, Prince would go on to speak his mind for 38 years, singing to sold-out stadiums about freedom, sexuality, loneliness, heartache, anger, birth, death, rebirth, peace, war and love. But in the hallways of Bryant and later of Central High School, he barely spoke at all. Says his former…

5 min.
the music of prince

‘I CALL HIM A CHILD PRODIGY. A MOZART’—APOLLONIA KOTERO IN HIS LIFETIME Prince put out 37 albums and 104 singles. He had 19 Top 10 hits. He won seven Grammys. He played all 27 instruments on his debut LP, 1978’s For You. So when he died at age 57 on April 21, 2016, he left plenty of music to remember him by, and scores of other recorded songs at his home studio in Paisley Park. With so many hits, it’s hard to choose, but here’s a look at our favorite albums in his discography. Prince (1979) Though it was technically his second full-length album, Prince is often remembered as his first. Perhaps it was that memorable cover with Prince posing shirtless (and his feathered hair!) or his falsetto on funky jams like “I…

1 min.
prince’s great performances

‘HE WAS AMAZING TO WATCH’—LONGTIME PRINCE CONCERTGOER ROSS ENGELKING…