Today the multitalented, enigmatic Prince passed away at the age of 57, leaving a hole the size of Texas in American entertainment and music. Luckily he left us with over 50 albums, unbelievable stories of personal interactions and achievement, and one of the greatest Superbowl halftime shows of all time. These books capture his contribution.
I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon, by Touré
Touré looks not only at Prince’s impact on music, but his contribution to pop culture and black identity.
Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain, by Alan Light
This book celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of Prince’s most popular album, Purple Rain, the one made into a film, which the book chronicles in behind-the-scenes glimpses. A tribute to Prince’s bold creativity.
Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince, by Alex Hahn
A comprehensive biography on Prince’s early work that captures the mark Prince left on rock.
Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks, by Ronin Ro
Pop-music-star Prince is intensely private, so it is not surprising that he was not interviewed for this biography. But using stories from former band members, public records, and other sources, author Ronin pulls together a thorough account of the performer’s artistic and financial successes and failures with clarity.
An immensely entertaining pop-music survey course where author Stanley describes the musical contributions of Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, and others. The bite-size histories of top-of-the-charts stars is joyful, smart, and addictive.