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On Time: A Princely Life in Funk

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  67 reviews
A memoir by Morris Day of The Time centering around his lifelong relationship and association with Prince.

Brilliant composer, smooth soul singer, killer drummer, and charismatic band leader, Morris Day, has been a force in American music for the past four decades. In On Time, the renowned funkster looks back on a life of turbulence and triumph. He chronicles his creative p
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Da Capo Press
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Jay Gabler
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many times over the years — most famously on the 1999 Tour, with Vanity 6 — the Time opened for Prince. Although Prince invented the Time, they always made him a little nervous. "You'd created a monster that suddenly had a chance of being bigger than you," Time frontman Morris Day writes to Prince in Day's new memoir On Time (written with David Ritz).

Wait, writes to Prince? Yep, exactly. Three years after Prince's death, Day has published a memoir that does exactly what his music did four decade
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tops
two words. SCHIZOPHRENIC GOLD!!! 😹😹😹

Let’s start with the cover. YEEEESSSSSSS! Morris went ALL THE WAY THERE and I loved every bit of it, there were things that I never knew. I’m a fan of music FIRST & FOREMOST... I never really followed musicians and their life— we weren’t afforded that. There was an air, a mystery that I quite enjoyed!

Okay so, Morris decided to write a book that included the spirit of Prince which I think is genius cause how can we have one without the other?? I loved how he d
Amar Pai
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The conceit of Morris Day having imaginary conversations with deceased Prince was definitely a bit odd. Ditto the running dialogue Day has throughout with his hedonistic alter-ego "MD." But overall this book was an entertaining read. My only quibble is that Day makes it seem like Prince was drug free. He died of a fentanyl overdose! I don't think it diminishes his legacy to admit the man was using drugs.
I have been a fan of The Time since I was a kid and have always wanted to know more about the relationships of the group with Prince. I enjoyed Morris Day's solo music and the solo music and other projects of the other members. So when I heard this book was coming out, I was very excited. I even read the ebook preview sent by Amazon to read while I waited for the book to arrive. The book arrived on the 8th (its release date) and I finished it today (the 11th) and for me that's really fast these ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audibles
I like the way this Reads
Book Reviews By Tara
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most uniquely written books I’ve ever read. When I learned Morris Day was writing his memoir I thought it would be your typical book that would document the ups and downs of his life. But to my surprise this book is not quite that simple. Let me tell you why.

The book opens with, “PRINCE 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤. I 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐡𝐞’𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐲 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞.” Now when I read this I thought it was cool of Morris to began his book giv
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Since Prince’s passing, there have been so many books by Prince-associates (ex-girlfriends, ex-wives, ex-bandmates, and loads of former photographers getting their pay days). Fans want everything that they can grab, and the people who once orbited in Prince’s universe are meeting the demand. To me it seems like everything Prince said in the “unreleased” mega-fan favorite “Old Friends 4 Sale.” And because of this I have been quite selective about what I have purchased (although I used my library ...more
Dan Gibson
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
So, if you're picking up this book, you're probably expecting to hear about Prince - makes sense, because Day's career is so tied to Prince's - but you're probably not expecting to have Prince's voice as part of the narration. Not Prince exactly, but his spirit as heard by Day? It's a bold approach and it makes more sense than you'd think, but then there's the drug/sex/addict voice of Day's that ALSO shows up, sometimes the three narrators showing up all at once conversing with each other. It mo ...more
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. I had the pleasure of seeing Morris Day and The Time in concert back in July of 2017 in Oklahoma. I was the youngest person there but let me tell you, you have not lived until you’ve seen women in their 50s shaking their asses and losing their minds over Morris Day. You just haven’t lived. It was quite the sight. He’s still got it and put on one hell of a show but I was equally as entertained by the middle aged women getting their entire lives in the aisle way. Fun times. You’re never t ...more
Reading Our Shelves
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angie-s-shelf
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This is another memoir that is written in a unique style. In this one, the story is (thankfully) told in chronological order. There are three “voices” in the book, though – Morris, Prince, and MD (who is Morris’ onstage persona). Obviously, they were all written by Morris, but he uses these voices to kind of argue with himself on certain points where there are conflicts or confusion.

Morris started out as a drummer. He met Prince in high sc
Antoinette Pack-Smith
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I'm not really a huge non-fiction fan however, this read like a fiction book. I was so intrigued by the relationship/friendship between Morris and Prince. I've never known much about Morris Day except the infamous "mirror" that he has in his shows. I've always loved his energy when watching him perform. After reading this book, I feel like I know him a little bit better and I know Prince a little bit better. I would definitely recommend this book!
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Man, l gobbled this up in the course of a few hours. Way better then I expected. I was worried that the "interjections" would grow tiresome, but quite the opposite. This hit me hard emotionally and rejuvenated my love for Morris. Nicely done, sirs! Highly recommended and one of the better Prince-related books out there, imo. A few real bombshells in here too amongst the many jewels of nerdy info and incredible stories. Fantastic.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Very similar to Prince's ex wife book.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
The first half is a unique and intimate take on the Minneapolis funk scene. Stuff new to me. The Electrfying Mojo makes a critical appearance. The author's imaginary conversations with Prince were a ok story device, but once he started interviewing his own ego, it proved too much to bear.
Glenda  Hunt-Wright
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome read and these two Writers worked well together. Having grown up with Prince and the Revolution it was always a
Wild Ride and even while it was going on I always wanted to know how it would end and this book answered all my questions. This was the Era when Sex and Drugs ruled the World and I always thought Prince indulged heavily but now I realized he was just eccentric and it makes sense. Its good to see Morris Day still out here doing his thing and the word that stuck heavi
I had no expectations for this memoir yet I thoroughly enjoyed this quirky experience. Morris with the help of David Ritz managed to deliver in this unusual memoir his turbulent life and career. The writing style is quite unconventional; Morris is having some sort of dialogue with Prince’s spirit from the other side. He inserts a make-believe commentaries on Prince's behalf. Eccentric? Absolutely. Offensive? Not really. It's written with respect and appreciation. At first I was taken aback think ...more
Michael L.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was quite honest and open, and it helped to clear some of the questions I had about Morris and Prince's relationship through the years. I have seen some people complain about Prince having a "voice" in this book. I had no problem with that. Morris and Prince were friends and brothers, whereas I have been a fan of both for most of my life. I think he had earned the right to do so. And if it helped him sell a few more books, then good for him! This is coming from a die hard ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I struggled a bit with this book. I'm a Prince fan first, and have obviously followed Morris for a while. I am genuinely interested in Morris' life, and it would have been interesting and worthwhile to get a in-depth understanding of Morris' life. While this biography is genuine, and I felt that Morris injected his true emotions into the book. However, parts of it are quite odd.

Obviously, the concept of the book (without spoilers) is very unique. However, it can be a distraction at times. In ad
Dec 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
**audiobook review **

Didn’t know who the author was when I got the audiobook. He quickly makes sure you know (Prince’s drummer), and too often reminds you.

The Reader does NOT change voices for the Prince comments/voice, so each time Prince interrupts, I’m thrown off as to what’s going on with the narrative, and then the bickering back & forth goes on too long. And there are way, way, wayyyy too many Prince interruptions.


I guess the editor convinced the author NO one would read his book if
Caterina Pierre
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Morris Day (with David Ritz) has written a creative memoir with this moving self-portrait. The creative part, the conceit of the book, is that there are actually three voices telling the story: there’s the real person, Morris Day; his little inner devil, “MD,” who represents Day’s personal addictions; and Prince, whose voice helps lead the story over four decades of music making and creativity. At first, I was worried in particular about the “voice of Prince’s spirit” idea. Would it be hokey? Ho ...more
Nikki Penda
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was about to write a review but then stopped to see what others were saying... Tara wrote it perfectly

...This is one of the most uniquely written books I’ve ever read. When I learned Morris Day was writing his memoir I thought it would be your typical book that would document the ups and downs of his life. But to my surprise this book is not quite that simple. Let me tell you why.

The book opens with, “PRINCE 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤. I 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐡𝐞’𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐨𝐰
Groovy Lee
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I gave this book 2 stars because it was still an interesting read. And it confirmed what I already suspected about Morris Day.

As he narrates his life story, no one will be surprised that the “so-called” spirit of Prince is there to make sure Morris gets it right. As Prince states in the beginning, no one would even be interested in Morris’ story if he wasn’t a major part of it—This is very true. Without weaving his story around his days with Prince, hardly anyone would even look at this book twi
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how I feel about the execution of how this was written. No matter how close he was to Prince, the imagined conversation used to tell the story of their friendship and fallout seems like it would be in bad taste, since Prince isn't here to really be part of the conversation. It somehow manages to reflect the love and respect between them even through the fallouts and drama that occured in the decades of friendship and business.

The book focuses on Morris Day, his life, and his friends
David Ward
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
On Time: A Princely Life in Funk by Morris Day with David Ritz (Da Capo Press 2019) (780.92) (3420). This is an autobiography / memoir from singer Morris Day of “Morris Day and the Time.” The Time was one of the associated acts surrounding Morris Day's mentor and eventual rival, the artist known as Prince. Morris Day starred in one of the best music videos of all time: “Jungle Love.” (It's on YouTube), but he never managed to break free of Prince's shadow. Day has basically been forgotten since ...more
May 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I read this book as a companion to The Beautiful Ones, Prince's incomplete memoir published in Oct 2019. Morris Day, most famous as the antagonist & comic foil in Purple Rain, detailed his version of events in this memoir. Morris' competing memoir was also released in Oct 2019.
His memoir has three different narrators: Morris Day, Prince (as imagined by Morris), & MD, the Morris Day stage persona. The three narrator approach actually works very well. If you are a fan of The Time, Prince, you wil
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so fun! It was the perfect book to follow Prince's memoir. I love the rivalry between the two in Prince's movies, and it was wonderful to read about their friendship and collaboration through the years. I listened to this (unfortunately it wasn't narrated by Morris; I would have loved to hear him read it, complete with his squawky laugh) so it took me a while to figure out the other person "talking" was Prince's spirit. A bit strange but it is perfect for this book. I love how Morr ...more
Tara LoCastro
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always have loved Morris Day & The Time

When I saw the title, I was thinking this would be just another autobiographical book. I was wrong. I knew how close Morris and Prince were, but the extent to which they are connected is really touching. I lost my best friend almost ten years ago. We met when we were 12. (I'm in my mid-50s now) She still influences my life in every way, just like Prince continues to do for Morris. I won't expose too much about the co-narration, so you'll have to buy the boo
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down!

I love Prince and Morris Day. Still a big fan and I feel so honored and grateful to live during the time Prince's soul still graced this earth and can say Morris's soul still grace this earth. What a TIME to be alive! lol This book made me smile. Very touching. I love reading about their stories and getting a glimpse into their world. I'm so grateful! My only wish is that Prince had a chance to tell his story too, but he left plenty of stories behind. It's amazing to witn
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this one in audio. Glad I did to because I think it helped my mind wrap around the way that he wrote it and having different voices to the characters.
He wrote this in such a way that he did tell about himself but also his interpretation of Prince reactions. It was well read and well written and very respectful on Prince himself.
I truly believe this was written only in love and it touched Morris life in a way that closed some holes in what the public thought through the years. Mor
Alban Jones
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
My Son Actually Brought This Book 4 Himself, I Came Home From Work 1 Day & It Was On My Bed With Bookmark That Said In Big Red Letters "READ!!!" He & I Are HUGE Prince Fans So As I Dove Into This Book Where Morris Leans Heavily On Prince's Voice 2 Help Tell His Story I GOT IT!!!
Morris Should Be Commended On Telling His Story But Realizing How Much Of His Journey Intertwined With Prince..., Giving Prince A Voice From Beyond The Grave 2 Assist In This Tale. I Knew The Basics Of Morris Day's Life.
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Morris E. Day is an American musician, composer, and actor. He is best known as the leader of legendary funk band the Time and for his role in the Prince film Purple Rain (1984).

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