Guilty as charged... I had to, I can't pass up not knowing what someone is saying about Prince. Or worst, not knowing while others do. Knowledge is stGuilty as charged... I had to, I can't pass up not knowing what someone is saying about Prince. Or worst, not knowing while others do. Knowledge is strength... The book was okay. It wasn't boring. I like the way she included her story from the time she met Prince until he past, and how he was inveigled in her life. I like all the pictures as well. Props and Pounds to her for mentioning Vanity! That gave the book life for me, as I'm a huge Vanity fan. It wasn't much, but she said a few things about her here and there. In my personal opinion, I thought she was respectful to Prince and through her eyes he came off as a tender and thoughtful person. Now, do I believe everything she has said in the book? Not sure, I take it all with a grain of salt. It was fun though, and thank goodness not overly long....more
(Sigh)... What can I say about this book that I haven't already said in the original version... Nothing really, there wasn't much updating done. Some(Sigh)... What can I say about this book that I haven't already said in the original version... Nothing really, there wasn't much updating done. Some false info still remained. i.e., Who inspired "The Beautiful Ones." We now know It wasn't who the engineer Susan Rogers said it was. Prince told us it was inspired by Denise Matthews AKA Vanity, as well as a scene in the movie Purple Rain before he past, but the speculation by SR wasn't corrected. Left to continue the false assumption that Prince went out of his way to clear up. First example of the many false claims about Prince in this supposedly "updated book". Instead of updates, the author elaborates with speculations and opinions with a few mere sentences added to paragraphs. And even worst, the bash fest continues on our beloved Prince. Hahn seemed to go out of his way to gather an unflattering view from everyone out there, and didn't even have the decency to honor Prince's later work after the 80's. Barely a mention about the many wonderful charities he supported and never told a sole. Nothing about the band members he'd helped in his later years. Nothing forthcoming about the better man he'd become. This book isn't worthy of the genius that was Prince. It's sad seeing so many rave reviews from "fans" from a book that still tears him down. Side eye to them all......more
I was not impressed by this book at all. My foremost complaint being, It didn't seem to hold enough reverence for the icon that was Prince without TheI was not impressed by this book at all. My foremost complaint being, It didn't seem to hold enough reverence for the icon that was Prince without The Revolutions. The collaborators, The Revolutions, and past managers and the like, seemed to have had an axe to grind, and tried to make Prince out to be, NOT much of a significance without their influence. (what a shocker!) Also, the author's lack of information on Vanity's fundamental time in Prince's life and the movie seemed deliberate. Who doesn't know about Vanity's relevance in Prince's life from that era, and the role she played in the making of Purple Rain? Their relationship was legendary, but you wouldn't even know that she was his muse and lover reading this book. This book had the same old information and nothing really new to look forward to, and actually have less information than other Prince books. Hopefully, another author will do justice in portraying what REALLY happened in the near future......more
Lol! Are you kidding me! A magazine article is longer than this book! I doubt it was even 29 pages as it states. The words were soooo big. It was pratLol! Are you kidding me! A magazine article is longer than this book! I doubt it was even 29 pages as it states. The words were soooo big. It was pratically a paragraph a page. This should have been free. This author was only screaming for a bad reviews with this sell. The Information is info anyone can find online. The reason why I even deemed to give it 2 stars is because the author seemed like a real Prince fan and nothing bad was said about Prince. Also the fact that it was only 29 pages helped make my quota on books read this year. Thanks for that at least. I guess if you know absolutely nothing about Prince and you don't feel like searching the Internet, this is info ( albeit sparse) gathered in one place for a quick read.
Prince 4ever!!! Will love that man always! RIP my idol....more
You could tell the music was well researched, but once again, another book full of bias speculations and blatant physco-analysis of Prince. Not a lotYou could tell the music was well researched, but once again, another book full of bias speculations and blatant physco-analysis of Prince. Not a lot of solid evidence, but it was a good catalog of his first decade of music. I love his 90's music also and wished the book would have continued on to cover some of that as well. Would have loved to hear about the different members of NPG and how they contributed, not just The Revoutions... ...more
Pop Life by Dave Hill was a well written but demanding read. Written in 1989, It was not the effortless read of modernized commentary. Be prepared toPop Life by Dave Hill was a well written but demanding read. Written in 1989, It was not the effortless read of modernized commentary. Be prepared to go back and read a few sentences once or twice to fully interpret the meaning of the literary information on Prince and his career. Personally it didn't bother me, as I admire a challenging read. I gleaned the feeling that Dave was a fan of Prince (which is a good thing IMO) Nothing worse than being a fan of an artist to bump into a book which ultimate goals are to belittle and undermine everything that you held dare through the author's own self righteous opinions. Although, I felt Dave tried to be subjective in his observation of Prince's work. Entwined with the chronological order of his music, he interviewed satisfied and disgruntled band members alike. Unbiasedly weaving in and out of tales of arrivals and departures without getting too personally involved, never deviating from analyzing an album or song. He seemed to have studied each song with through precision to share his own opinions to like minded fans on the vast collection of Prince's music. All in all a decent book, but my only complaint is that the information had to stop in 1989, and Prince had an extensive iconic career for many more years to come. ...more
Confession: I bought this book to find out more about Sheila E's relationship with my musical idol Prince, but I found myself appreciating her as a woConfession: I bought this book to find out more about Sheila E's relationship with my musical idol Prince, but I found myself appreciating her as a woman that had to work to navigate her love and acceptance for a superstar and his lifestyle, while still fighting to maintain her independence as a musician in her own right. In the end her struggles and spiritual tone touched deeply and although it was Prince that inspired me to read this book, I couldn't help but root for Sheila also. I am happy that she seems to be at a peaceful place now. I thank her for the touching tribute to Prince at the BET awards.
The romance novel lover In me couldn't help but sigh at her comments on the first meeting with Prince.
"He was that guy, the one in the poster on my bedroom wall. And he was staring right at me. Our eyes locked, and . . . Wow! I’m not somebody to often skip a beat, but in that moment, my heart sure did. Only the previous night, before falling asleep, I’d stared at his poster, gazing intently at his striking hazel-green eyes. And now those same eyes, decorated with more eyeliner than mine, were staring right through me. I’d always thought beauty was an attribute reserved for women, but he was proving me wrong. I’d never seen a man so beautiful."
Prince made a fool of this title by proving his durability time and time again. A brilliant song writer, a magnetic performer, and a multi talented inPrince made a fool of this title by proving his durability time and time again. A brilliant song writer, a magnetic performer, and a multi talented instrumentalists. He was a genius, an icon, a legend... There never was a fall. Prince was always there making music on his terms. He wasn't driven by commercial success, but by the share enjoyment of his craft. There were always albums for his fans to look forward to, and when it was realeased, there were always gems to be found. I mean, which other musician can boast that most of his fans have a 300 favorite song playlist? That's doesn't even include all the songs we haven't heard yet that's in The Vault. Prince has always been there lounging in the backgrounds of the hearts of casual and hard core fans alike, awaiting his brilliance. No one forgot about him. It was impossible to, he WAS music...
For the life of me, I don't understand why this book is held in such high regards by some fans. I admit It has some Interesting information, but that doesn't mean that the information is correct. A lot of it is pure speculation, and some of it outright false. While Hahn does a good job at sensationalizing some of Prince's alleged controversial infamy, and he adds an engaging chronological order of Prince's vast catalog of music, It's also full of the author's bias opinions. I have no problem with facts from record sales and charts, but when the author presumes to rip apart songs that are fan favorites, calling them fillers, the reader quickly realizes that the author doesn't understand the music of Prince and is clearly not a fan.
As for the other aspects in this book, I am not confident in the way the information was acquired. Now that it's 2016 and not 2002 some of it has been proven false. I am not saying Prince was perfect. He had his faults like everyone else and was a little more eccentric than the average person, but to judge him fully from one sided comments and disgruntled band mates with bias hearsay would be unfair. Never forget that this is an unauthorized book which is littered with speculation. Remember too that Collaboration on albums and songs goes much deeper than this surface observation. I admit this book is not a chore to read, but it should be taken lightly. Get your facts from a more updated research on Prince. Don't believe the hype. 2.5 stars...more
I was fan girl CRAZY for Prince when I was a teenager. Bought all his CD's sight unseen. Had his inappropriate half naked posters up on my walls withI was fan girl CRAZY for Prince when I was a teenager. Bought all his CD's sight unseen. Had his inappropriate half naked posters up on my walls with kisses all over them ( to my mother's horror). Turning down "Darling Nikki" real low so mom couldn't hear the very sexual lyrics, lol. Never thought I would be attracted to a man that wore makeup, heels, lace, frills and thigh highs, but there you have it, I was! I was a fan for many years into young adulthood. Still loved him even when he became unpronounceable... Then marriage, motherhood, romance novels, (lol) and life took over whatever obsession I had with him. His death touched me deeply. More deeply than I expected... I guess it was because he bought a little purple to my otherwise colorless childhood, and to know that he's not with us on the planet anymore seems a little gray...
After his death on April 21st, 2016 (without realizing) I had missed out a lot on the progression of his career. Apart from dashing to the tv screen whenever I knew he would be on, I wasn't a very proactive fan anymore. Now I want to read all things Prince related. I can see the future, I'll be one of those Elvis like fan girl junkies, but instead for Prince!
While this book was enlightening in the musical sense, it was pretty impersonal and cold. It was a lot about his music and a few disparaging tid bits here and there. Some of it annoyed because I guess I feel protective so soon after his death. And really, how do we even know that half this crap is even true?? It was not an official book authorized by Prince. I kind of felt that the author wasn't really a Prince fan at times. Nonetheless, I came away thinking that Prince really was way more talented than people really knew. His onstage persona was so flamboyant that it overshadowed his many talents. Most placed him in a purple box, but apart from his charismatic sexual demeanor, he was actually a musical genius. So even though I felt like the author wasn't really a fan, I think the legend that was Prince still shines through. Mmmm, maybe that was the authors intent all along...
P.S: I'm pretty proud of my teenage self to have picked a genius to be my Prince... ...more