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Prince

Prince

Inside the Music and the Masks

Ronin Ro

St. Martin's Griffin

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With a brand-new introduction and chapter that cover the last five years of Prince's life and work and his untimely death in April 2016.

In his three decades of recording, Prince had nearly thirty albums hit the Billboard Top 100. He is the only artist since the Beatles to have a number-one song, movie, and single at the same time. Prince's trajectory—from a teenage unknown in Minneapolis to an idol and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer—won him millions of adoring fans the world over.

Prince is the first book to give full treatment to his thirty-five-year career. Acclaimed music journalist Ronin Ro traces Prince's rise from anonymity in the late 70s, to his catapult to stardom in the 80s, to his reemergence in the twenty-first century as an artistic icon. Ro expertly chronicles his music and career, showing how Prince and his albums helped define and inspire a generation. Along the way, Prince confronted labels, fostered other young talents, and took ownership of his music, making a profound mark on the entertainment industry and pop culture.

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Prince

PART ONE
The RISE
1
THIS THING CALLED LIFE
ON JUNE 7, 1958, AT MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL IN MINNEAPOLIS, A baby was born. John Nelson faced his son in the crib and named him Prince Rogers Nelson--after...

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Praise for Prince

“An energetic, detailed balance of reportage and criticism about an icon of his era.” —Kirkus Reviews

"The read of the year." --Chicago Tribune on Have Gun Will Travel

"A revelatory (and titillating) page-turner for fans and the uninitiated alike." --San Francisco Chronicle on Raising Hell

"The most comprehensive treatment yet of a pivotal figure...Probably one of the ten best books on rap." --Booklist (starred review) on Dr. Dre

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About the author

Ronin Ro

RONIN RO has written for USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, MTV, Rolling Stone, and Playboy. He has written several books about the entertainment industry, including biographies of Dr. Dre, Sean Combs, Run-DMC, and more.

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