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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.

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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.

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Never too much info

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

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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.

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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.

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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{+->!❤❤❤

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love anything about Prince but ...

You couldn't tell who the reader was talking about through out the book, poorly written.

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More Than I Had Expected

But not as much as I would have liked. Why?
Well, a lot of first hand accounts from folks who were there. But I wanted more from Prince himself.
Also I would have lined to go further in depth about his relationship with his father.
I whudda given the performance 5 stars if he guy had an accent similar to Prince’s or Morris Day’s.
But, overall, I enjoyed this quick read (listen). I’d reccomend this to any fan of Prince or fimmaking.

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Amazing story of an incredible era

Simply put, this is the real story as told by people who were there on this unbelievable journey with Prince. Couldn't stop listening.

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required if you love prince

every fan should have it. great story from a different place and time. loved it

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Great story

I was just a kid when Purple Rain came out, but I remember seeing this film in theaters. I didn't know who Prince was, but I left that theater a fan. This story sheds some light on how that film came to be, and it's told with much enthusiasm by the reader. This is a must listen for any Prince fan.

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  • L. BETTLES
  • 09-18-15

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!!!!!!

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  • George Olaifa
  • 05-04-17

not exceptional

Bland account of the life of the Purple one. Nothing outstanding in it. Needs review.