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From the former senior editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Holy or the Broken, called "thoughtful and illuminating" by The New York Times, a new book on the unlikely coming to be of Prince's now legendary album.
Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film - each one a commercial success and cultural milestone. How did this semiautobiographical musical masterpiece that blurred R&B, pop, dance, and rock sounds come to alter the recording landscape and become an enduring touchstone for successive generations of fans?
Purple Rain is widely considered to be among the most important albums in music history and is often named the best soundtrack of all time. It sold over a million copies in its first week and blasted to number one on the charts, where it would remain for a full six months and eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide. It spun off three huge hit singles, won Grammys and an Oscar, and took Prince from pop star to legend.
Coinciding with the 30th anniversary year of Purple Rain's release, acclaimed music journalist Alan Light takes a timely look at the making and incredible popularizing of this once seemingly impossible project. With impeccable research and in-depth interviews with people who witnessed Prince's audacious vision becoming a reality, Light reveals how a rising but not yet established artist from the Midwest was able not only to get Purple Rain made but deliver on his promise to conquer the world.
©2014 Alan Light (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Bryan K. Chavez on 06-05-2016

A Must-Read For Any PRINCE Fan

As a lifelong PRINCE fan, the book offers insights fans have always wanted to know about "Purple Rain." I purchased the hard copy months ago to add to my collection of PRINCE books. I just never got around to picking it up. Unfortunately, after his death a few weeks ago, it renewed my interest -- so I bought the audiobook. However now bittersweet, it reminded me why I loved him and his mad genius so much -- always focused, different and a trailblazer. If you're a PRINCE fan (even casual), it's a must-read to learn more about one of the world's last iconic/legendary/genius musical artists at his peak -- probably the last.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Coreyv on 12-06-2015

Never too much info

Surprisingly there is a lot I didn't know, and this kept me entertained as well

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By L. BETTLES on 18-09-2015

An amazing book about a misunderstood genius that is Prince!!!!

I am a massive prince fan and have seen him 30 times the book shows u what it took to bring purple rain and prince to the mainstream. If you likePrince you will learn new facts and for those who are not familiar I'm sure you will have nothing but the greatest respect for one of the greatest and misunderstood genius around today!!!!!!

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3 out of 5 stars
By George Olaifa on 04-05-2017

not exceptional

Bland account of the life of the Purple one. Nothing outstanding in it. Needs review.

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