5 Books to Celebrate the Guitar God

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

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

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

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.



Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce, by Bob Stanley

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.





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