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Prince: A Pop Life

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  43 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
(From the cover) In 1978 Prince was presented to the world as a black teenage pop prodigy who wrote, produced and performed all his records himself, and had a nice line in lewd adolescent metaphors. By 1980 he had transformed into a God-fearing punk-funk deviant whose raw tributes to the pleasures of incest and oral sex made him the great untouchable of American radio. Com ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published April 13th 1989 by Three Rivers Press (first published April 1989)
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LuvGirl
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 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 ulti ...more
Tony
Jul 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I'm a fan boy, I admit it. I have a Prince tatoo, hence the 5-star rating. This book, however, came out at a time when Prince was a total enigma. Every single page was fresh and extremely informative.
Cy
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cy by: Eric Morales
I never thought I would describe a book as orgasmic until I came across Dave Hill’s Prince: A Pop Life. Delightful revelations, myth-busters, and narratives from those in Prince's inner-circle combined with Hill’s fluffy journalistic writing style and insistence on getting into the nitty gritty give weight and rollercoaster excitement to the text. The one thing lacking, but not at the fault of the author is the first hand perspective of Prince himself. But as the narrative reveals, this mysterio ...more
B. Reese
Jun 27, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: my-books, non-fiction
I'm really hoping this book is less hit and miss than Prince's musical output.

Also, if you've never done it, you have to see not only his movie "Purple Rain" but also "Under the Cherry Moon" which is oddly entertaining and funny. I love it. And also "Graffiti Bridge" which is really a sequel of sorts to Purple Rain and features more Morris Day. Graffiti has some really cheap sets though, but is a fun film.
Chambers Stevens
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
This is the first Prince book I ever read.
The book in informative.
But the pictures are amazing.
I think it is out of print.
So if you find a copy pick it up.
Michael Roeder
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Though kind of dated-- this had all of the Prince information I needed! Pre-internet...
Paolo
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Ancora oggi, la migliore biografia sul genio di Minneapolis che ha cambiato la musica nera negli anni ottanta.
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