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On Time

A Princely Life in Funk
Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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A memoir by Morris Day of The Time centering around his lifelong relationship and association with Prince.

Brilliant composer, smooth soul singer, killer drummer, and charismatic band leader, Morris Day, has been a force in American music for the past four decades. In On Time, the renowned funkster looks back on a life of turbulence and triumph. He chronicles his creative process with an explosive prose that mirrors his intoxicating music. Morris' story is a fast-paced, pause resisting memoir replete with unexpected twists and shocking surprises. 

A major and fascinating theme is his lifelong friendship and years of musical partnership with Prince, from their early days on the Minneapolis scene to selling out stadiums and duking it out as rivals in Purple Rain. Eventually, Morris went on to release four albums with a new band of his very own, the legendary Time. He battled his addictions and came out victorious. But not before increasing tensions and embittered rivalry between Prince and the Revolution and Morris Day and the Time led the two performers towards separate paths. Through the years, the fierce brotherly love between Morris and Prince kept bringing them back together, over and over again - until pride, ego, and circumstance interfered. Two months before Prince's untimely death, the two finally reconnected and started to make amends. But Morris could've never imagined it would be the last time he'd ever see his friend again.

This is Morris Day's singular story in which the magic of music is the ultimate healer. On Time is also a deep meditation on friendship, Morris' poetic method of reconciling the loss of his close friend and longtime collaborator, and a way to commemorate an incendiary life cut short. But this book is more than just a walk down memory lane - it's a metaphorical means to bring Prince back to life. Throughout the narrative, Morris allows Prince's "voice" to protect his own legacy, to counter Morris' interpretations of events, and to essentially breathe new life into a tale as old as time - of two brothers, two bands, and a musical culture that even today pulsates with fresh energy.
 

©2019 Morris Day and David Ritz (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Nice Job, Morris

I loved the book.

I would've like it more if Morris read it himself, and used his "Morris Day Voice" throughout certain parts.

But overall, it was interesting to hear his point of view of a great time in music history.

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Right on time

So glad this book came out prior to Prince’s. It sets the stage for those who love Prince to hear about how the Time came about. The only surprise was that ‘Pop Life’ was written about Morris! This book confirms many of the stories we’ve heard about Prince since 2016. I’m glad they said their goodbyes. The narrator mispronounced a few things and that was funny, but overall a good hard look at Morris. He tells us the truth about himself and the truth about Prince. At the end of the day, Prince gave careers to many people, and we’re all the richer for it. Lastly, Morris said he’d not seen Prince after July 2007 until January 2016. Not true. Prince had the Time play with him at Coachella in 2008.

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Entertaining listen, wish Morris did the narration

Entertaining, funny and as real as it could be. Prince was seen in a good light and Morris was as honest as someone can be of themselves and their faults. I can hear the actual voices in the print version and I wish Morris did the narriation, but overall it was good and worth the Time.

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Just what I needed

This is a beautifully written and performed book. The story of Morris Day with the spirit of Prince helping out. It is lovely and just what I needed. Thank you Morris for sharing all that you did.

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Surprisingly informative; piercingly personal!

Good read! Lots of profanity, but ignored to NFO that mattered to me the most.

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Loved it ❤️

Good times and good days. Music will never be the same without these guys funk.

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You Made Me Smile!

This book intimately filled in some of the relationship questions that I have often wondered about 💜.

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On Time

Great book! The narrative style took something used to but once accustomed to it, time flew by! I had a hard time putting the audio book down once I started! As a diehard fan of Prince as well as The Time, I was pleasantly surprised to hear new revelations. Money well spent!

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Morris Day Kept it Real

Loved It Funny Moments Listened to the book in One Day.. Its A Must Listen or Read

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Sherry D

It's always nice to hear the story behind the music. Morris is a real dude and tells it how he sees it. I hope him and Jerome are on good terms. I miss seeing them together.

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  • MR M P GOULDER
  • 10-09-19

An extra storyline for your funk memories!

Great background on MD and the Prince relationship. Honestly written and very respectful to the history they had together!

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  • L. BETTLES
  • 10-19-19

What time is it?

I have been waiting for a book from this funk brother for years and this book does not disappoint. The book is more then just reflections on a friendship with Prince, its a valiant attempt to tell the story of a developing friendship that though strained at times their bond never broke
What is very moving is the fictional discussion he has with prince while trying to to tell his/Thiet story this sheds a personal and emotional light on the time together and princes fictional commentary about things that happened in their relationship. You get the sense the book funny and illuminating for fans for Morris Day I think the process must have been cathartic a way of dealing with the pain of things left unsaid but more importantly it’s a vehicle to help he deal with the loss of his friend.

The narrator is excellent and the story id funny funky and sad but to me Morris is right on time with this book and it really is Morris’s time.