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How Prince became Prince

He was "eager" to get started and to tell his story in book form. But Prince was a musician in the spring of 2016 is not just another ordinary autobiography in mind. He wanted more, he committed to the book project hired journalists Dan bucks get: "we Can write a book that solves the racism problem?" Prince asked at the first joint Meeting at the end of January 2016. In a later encounter, he's a "manual for a great Community" had in mind to teach: "It shall be, that what you create is yours. So according to the Motto: Even if we have nothing, we still have that."

time, this project to completion, he had not: On 21. April of 2016, was found dead in the Prince in his estate in Minneapolis is dead. He was 57 years old.

The autobiography is the spectacular estate of albums, "Piano & A Microphone" as well as "original" now, however, ment appeared in the documentary Form. It is a Form, which would have approved Prince probably. Also, because the book inevitably leaves a lot open, and the "Sphinx-like façade," the mind of the publisher of bucks bring in his, not breaking through. There is a lack of the scandalous and controversial "bomblets" that wanted to bring Prince originally – so, as in autobiographies of pop stars usual. But life, he didn't.

The title song for the book: "The Beautiful Ones". Video: Prince (Youtube)

What he has achieved in the spring of 2016, but to paper, are thirty hand-written pages, as a facsimile, and translated and annotated Form, are reproduced in the richly illustrated book. On these pages, the Prince of his Childhood and youth in Minneapolis writes. He illuminates the complex relationship between his parents, who separated early and he admired when they were chic for the output ("no one had really cool accessories like the two"). The abrupt break-off the end of the narrative extends to his early years as a musician before he was in the 80s, to the Pop Superstar.

These years, he could not tell himself, in the book with the printed photographs, quotes from Interviews and an early draft of a screenplay should emerge from the later "Purple Rain" – is indicated.

"A good ballad should make a feel like making love."Prince

All of these documents reinforce the fantastic spirit that the survivors ' sides dominate, tell you of the birth of his fantasy, his "imagination," as it's called in the English Original. "Hidden places, secret abilities. A part of one, of never. These are the necessary tools for a vivid imagination and are the main components of a good song," writes Prince once.

of All his Songs. Listening to the book, of course, the eponymous "The Beautiful Ones" again, as well as the Chapter headings, serving as a "Kiss" or "When Doves Cry". But you also hear the Sexballade "Do Me, Baby" from the Album "Controversy", the Prince as his "Jam" means. Because: "A good ballad should make a feel like making love."

to Be "Jam": The Sexballade "Do Me, Baby". Video: Prince (Youtube)

The fantasy of Prince penetrates up in his hard to read handwriting and spelling: "I" wrote the Prince on these pages, never, he, in a kind of anticipation of today's Smartphone-Chat-conversations, for example, the first Person with the "Eye" is replaced (in the German book version of an icon of an eye appears instead of "I").

This fantasy but can not dim the light guards look from the Prince to the racist US society. Not even when he remembers his first kiss, and mentioned: "We were not the 1. Couple of different skin color in Minneapolis, but which is undoubtedly the youngest." The "race", so the Prince, played in his fantasy world, and unlike in reality, not matter.

Here he was already a Superstar: Prince in 1986. Photo: Joseph Giannetti

As it is in him flared up in the last months of his life, in the detailed book introduction. In this Dan bucks bring portrays the origin story and his Meeting with Prince. He tells there how much it offended him when white critics were trying to rewrite his incredible music with the terms "magic" or "alchemy" to. "Radio is the opposite of magic"; it is a matter of rules and, therefore, was the result of work and Sweat. One reads, how he abhors current Stars such as Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry and how much he despises the music industry and in your racist mechanisms in mind – which is also on its escalating conflict with his former Label Warner Brothers. And you think, what the explosive had a force of this book, if it can write to the Prince to the end.

Because in the case of Prince, who played in the Studio as we know all the instruments by yourself, it is about self-determination and Empowerment, long before this term has become a buzzword in the marketing departments. It is also rapidly to the Central theme, the wanted Prince for the book originally: "If this book should have a unifying theme, then it is freedom. And the freedom to be independently creative. Without someone telling you what or how you do something."


Prince: The Beautiful Ones – The unfinished autobiography. Edited by Dan bucks bring. Verlag Wilhelm Heyne, 2019. 304 p., 50 Fr.

Created: 09.11.2019, 10:08 PM

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