We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Let’s Go Crazy Audiobook

Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain

Regular Price:$19.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

From the former senior editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Holy or the Broken, called "thoughtful and illuminating" by The New York Times, a new book on the unlikely coming to be of Prince's now legendary album.

Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film - each one a commercial success and cultural milestone. How did this semiautobiographical musical masterpiece that blurred R&B, pop, dance, and rock sounds come to alter the recording landscape and become an enduring touchstone for successive generations of fans?

Purple Rain is widely considered to be among the most important albums in music history and is often named the best soundtrack of all time. It sold over a million copies in its first week and blasted to number one on the charts, where it would remain for a full six months and eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide. It spun off three huge hit singles, won Grammys and an Oscar, and took Prince from pop star to legend.

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary year of Purple Rain's release, acclaimed music journalist Alan Light takes a timely look at the making and incredible popularizing of this once seemingly impossible project. With impeccable research and in-depth interviews with people who witnessed Prince's audacious vision becoming a reality, Light reveals how a rising but not yet established artist from the Midwest was able not only to get Purple Rain made but deliver on his promise to conquer the world.

©2014 Alan Light (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (120 )
5 star
 (71)
4 star
 (38)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.5 (112 )
5 star
 (69)
4 star
 (34)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.4 (113 )
5 star
 (66)
4 star
 (35)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Corey East Lansing MI, United States 06-12-15
    Corey East Lansing MI, United States 06-12-15 Member Since 2016

    Radio and TV boy.... And loves to listen to Audible

    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    108
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Never too much info"

    Surprisingly there is a lot I didn't know, and this kept me entertained as well

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bryan K. Chavez 05-06-16

    bryankchavez

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Must-Read For Any PRINCE Fan"

    As a lifelong PRINCE fan, the book offers insights fans have always wanted to know about "Purple Rain." I purchased the hard copy months ago to add to my collection of PRINCE books. I just never got around to picking it up. Unfortunately, after his death a few weeks ago, it renewed my interest -- so I bought the audiobook. However now bittersweet, it reminded me why I loved him and his mad genius so much -- always focused, different and a trailblazer. If you're a PRINCE fan (even casual), it's a must-read to learn more about one of the world's last iconic/legendary/genius musical artists at his peak -- probably the last.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard A. Winters 05-05-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This is a must for any fan of Purple Rain or Prince."

    This is a must for any fan of Purple Rain or Prince. This book tells the story from people that were there when Purple Rain was being filmed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 04-29-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I Can't Find the Words"

    Since Prince has passed, I didn't think I'd be able to listen to this book. It was the perfect remedy to assist in the healing process. I still can't believe the world of music and those of us that love it so much have lost such a treasured gift, but God does all things well. I will forever have access to my memories of Prince through this audiobook. There are 2 things that I recalled while listening: 1) I miss all of the music I listened to during the 80's and 90's especially when Night Tracks and MTV were the most poplar. I knew about 98% of all of the songs mentioned!! That was fun.. 2) Prince did more to encourage my relationship with God than my Pastor at the time ever could have and I will forever be grateful. If you like Prince even slightly, you won't be diappointed. I love you, Prince and pray that God was pleased with all you learned to do to honor Him. Rest Forever in Peace, o{+->!❤❤❤

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Maurice D. Nelson Tucson, AZ 05-01-16
    Maurice D. Nelson Tucson, AZ 05-01-16 Member Since 2014

    Maurice

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "an incredible look into the Life of a Legend"

    couldn't stop listening. it's a very funny, well researched, and safe and keep your attention the entire time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MrsO 10-19-16
    MrsO 10-19-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I really liked it !"

    It focused on the Purple Rain era and gave some interesting tidbits from band members and managers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Johnene Thielen 07-26-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    40
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not worth the credit"

    Narration was flat, story very shallow. It gives you no more and no less. Disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mary Helen Hickman 06-28-16 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    "Good Book for Those Curious About Prince"

    I enjoyed listening to this audio book. Very informative and very interesting as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jared Uraine Las Vegas, NV 06-21-16
    Jared Uraine Las Vegas, NV 06-21-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "captivating account yet still opinionated"

    thoroughly enjoyed this book. listening to the accounts from all of various perspectives helped fill in some of the time line and color to the backstory. if your a fan of any sort, you would enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ANITRA THORNTON 06-15-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "very nice narration and book"

    I listened to this while on A road trip I thoroughly enjoyed the narrators voice and flow of the storyf prince during this defining moment in his life the only negative is it had one too many expletives but Overall it was Awesome I loved it I am and was a huge Prince fan sleep well my brother we will meet some day!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • L. BETTLES
    uk
    9/18/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An amazing book about a misunderstood genius that is Prince!!!!"

    I am a massive prince fan and have seen him 30 times the book shows u what it took to bring purple rain and prince to the mainstream. If you likePrince you will learn new facts and for those who are not familiar I'm sure you will have nothing but the greatest respect for one of the greatest and misunderstood genius around today!!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.