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Publisher's Summary

His journey is meticulously documented through detailed accounts of his time secluded behind the doors of the recording studio as well as his days on tour. With unprecedented access to the musicians, singers, and studio engineers who knew Prince best, including members of the Revolution and the Time, Duane Tudahl weaves an intimate saga of an eccentric genius and the people and events who helped shape the groundbreaking music he created.

From Sunset Sound Studios' daily recording logs and the Warner Bros. vault of information, Tudahl uncovers hidden truths about the origins of songs such as "Purple Rain", "When Doves Cry", and "Raspberry Beret" and also reveals details about Prince's unreleased outtakes. This definitive chronicle of Prince's creative brilliance during 1983 and 1984 provides a new experience of the Purple Rain album as an integral part of Prince's life and the lives of those closest to him.

©2018 Duane Tudahl (P)2018 Tantor

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can't wait for the next one!!

I think in order to REALLY love this book.. you have to be a serious Purple Rain and Prince fan. I loved everything about it and can't wait for more books on all of his other records!!

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  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • 05-06-18

Incredible oral history

An exhaustive chronology and description of Prince's recording sessions and live performances across two years is something that will on the surface appeal only to obsessive fans (which, well, guilty as charged), but Tudahl includes amongst the cut-and-dried statistics so many extensive interviews with everyone who played with or knew Prince between 1983-1984 that this also becomes an incredible oral history of two of the most pivotal years of his career, as he began the rapid ascent from the release of the Little Red Corvette single in early 1983 to the recording and release of Purple Rain in 1984 (and, following Purple Rain's skyrocketing success, the immediate recording of the sharp left-turn of Around The World In A Day). I've read a lot of books about Prince, but this is the one that, through the interviews and Tudahl's extensive research, brings the reader the closest to understanding the day-to-day life of my favourite musician.

The narrator, Ron Butler, does a great job of reading the book, including differentiating between the different interviewees and keeping things moving through the more stat-heavy parts of the book.

I really hope that, as mentioned in ?uestlove's (excellent) forward, that Tudahl is able to expand this work into further volumes covering the rest of Prince's career - I'd happily read each and every one.

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Buy this book!

Great listen, VERY informative! Duane Tudahl lays out purple minutiae in a way that keeps things interesting.

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An Ultimate Resource for DIE HARD Prince fans

What made the experience of listening to Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions the most enjoyable?

Duane Tudahl did an excellent job on this period piece. There are many Prince books but this one goes more in depth than any that I've ever read before.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions?

Getting multiple intimate first hand accounts on what Prince's creative process in the recording studio has never happened. This book made history!

What about Ron Butler’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to, did a solid job of showing the emotion of the people in the book.