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11 November 2021

Prince Celebrated With New Book Featuring Exclusive Interviews

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Prince is the subject of a major new book, Lives Of The Musicians: Prince by Jason Draper, released today (11 November 2021) by Laurence King Publishing. It charts the Minneapolis-born genius’ rise from “the next Stevie Wonder” to a unique artist whose towering legacy continues to shape pop culture. The book is part of the new Lives Of The Musicians series – the other three titles tell the stories of Beyoncé,“>David Bowie and Amy Winehouse, respectively. Lives Of The Musicians: Prince can be bought” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>here.

Lives Of The Musicans: Prince is Draper’s third book about the Minnesota-born musician following Prince: Life & Times (2006, revised in 2016) and Prince: Chaos, Disorder, And Revolution (2011). It draws upon over 20 new and exclusive interviews with some of the people who knew Prince best, including: Mayte Garcia, Prince’s first wife; Lisa Coleman, pianos and keyboards in Prince’s backing band The Revolution from 1979-86; Susan Rogers, the engineer on his mid-80s run of classic albums from Purple Rain to Sign O’ The Times; Peggy McCreary, engineer on early classics Controversy to Parade – the only other person in the room when Prince recorded When Doves Cry; Tommy Barbarella and Michael Band of New Power Generation, Prince’s 90s backing band; several high-ranking Warners executives who worked with him at the time; and Van Jones, the former advisor to Barack Obama, current CNN contributor/host and co-founder of various non-profit organisations who organised much of Prince’s secret philanthropy in the 2010s.

Lisa Coleman: “All the way along, he was planting seeds and leaving hieroglyphics and hidden messages and things like that. He was just becoming a legend and he was writing the story that it was going to be when it was done.”

Lives Of The Musicans: Prince tells the story of a remarkable life and how that was reflected in even more remarkable music. It will give readers new insights into this most inspiring, infuriating, visionary, secretive, seductive and contradictory of artists. The book has already garnered critical praise, having been chosen as one The Independent‘s five biggest book releases of November.

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