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Prince: 1958-2016 Hardcover – Illustrated, 8 Sep 2016

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/178097891X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_JYKLxbRYB93RY

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Reply #1 posted 07/26/16 10:41pm

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"Prince was an icon of artistry and individuality, a symbol (quite literally, at one point in his career) of independence, a man who lived for the art of his music. He chose to position himself outside the confines of the music industry and recorded, played and performed the way he wanted to. And it worked: his fans were devoted, his influence was huge, his music popular around the world, and his live shows legendary: news of his untimely death was met with shock and surprise. Journalist and Prince fanatic Mobeen Azhar interviewed key members of Prince's entourage, many of them speaking about the great man for the first time and this book highlights those first-hand accounts, to paint a more up-close-and-personal picture of this visionary artist than you have ever seen before."

About the Author

Mobeen Azhar is a BBC journalist, regular reporter for NPR's This World, and Prince fanatic. His documentary short Hunting For Prince's Vault was a worldwide hit, airing on BBC News 24, BBC World Service and NPR. While filming it he visited Paisley Park and interviewed many of Prince's associates, some of them speaking about Prince for the first time. Mobeen has reported for BBC's The One Show, Assignment, 5Live Investigates, as well as appearing on The Huffington Post Live. He has won an Amnesty International award and has been nominated for a One World Media Award and a BAFTA award. He has attended 53 Prince concerts and even appeared on stage with the man himself.


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Reply #2 posted 07/26/16 10:48pm

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More about the author Mobeen Azhar:

How Prince changed one BBC reporter's life forever

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Prince performs at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California April 26, 2008.

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Editor's note: The music superstar Prince has died, his publicist has confirmed. Here is an appreciation from 2015, from the producer of a BBC documentary on his life.

This story is based on a radio interview.Listen to the full interview.

Mobeen Azhar is best known as a hard-hitting investigative reporter for the BBC, working on issues such as religious violence in Lahore and heroin addiction in Karachi.

But there is another — more purple — side to Mobeen. He’s a Prince fan. A big Prince fan. And he attributes much of his career and success to the higher influence of the Purple One.

“Even today, as a 35-year-old man, when I’m in situation with work, or personal life, I ask, what would Prince do?” Mobeen said. “And I think that’s a question we can all ask ourselves. What would Prince do?”

Mobeen Azhar on a pilgramage to Prince's Paisley Park studios in Minneapolis

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Mobeen Azhar/BBC

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This month, Mobeen has finally found a way to pay tribute to his hero. He is the producer and presenter of "Hunting For Prince’s Vault," a new BBC radio documentary exploring a mythical missing cache of unreleased songs.

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The project allowed Mobeen to explore why Prince has such wide appeal, and why he still attracts such a dedicated following across the world.

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For Mobeen himself, the hero-worship began early. “I grew up in the north of England. I come from a very working class family and I’m a second generation Pakistani,” he explained. “And what Prince taught me was the idea that you can define yourself.”

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It was not a community where songs like Purple Rain or Cream were particularly well-received or well-known. But for Mobeen, they had a profound meaning. “Prince always made an effort to cross boundaries of race, gender and sexuality as well. He’s never shied away from being androgynous. So as someone who was growing up in two cultures, Prince helped me."

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Mobeen still remembers trying to persuade friends at his mostly Pakistani-origin school to share his passion. On occasion, he dragged schoolmates leaving the local mosque to come to ‘Prince parties’ he was holding at his parents’ home. “Prince wasn’t the most in vogue figure at the time,” Mobeen remembers. “So I think even some of my friends still think of me as that guy who was crazy about Prince.”

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There were some small successes in Mobeen's campaign to win over the local community to the world of paisley and eye-liner. Mobeen’s long-suffering parents have now heard so much Prince that, he says, his mother can identify new tracks when Mobeen plays them in the car.

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And although his documentary is now complete, Mobeen is just as dedicated a fan as ever. He has seen the great man play live 52 times, including one occasion when he was invited to dance on stage during an encore. Although Mobeen admits that his outfit may have had something to do with that honour. “It probably helped that for those three live shows I had a bright purple heart painted on the side of my head. That might have had something to do with.”

Hunting For Prince’s Vault can be heard on the BBC Radio 4, or listened to online from Saturday 21st March 2015

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Reply #3 posted 07/28/16 1:57am

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might be worth a read
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Reply #4 posted 07/28/16 2:18am

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a really lovely guy & solid hardcore fan with a lot of journalistic credibility. Wishing him well with this.

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Reply #5 posted 07/28/16 6:06am

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I can definitely relate to his story, and I've driven a few friends/family mad with my enthusiasm for Prince music smile

I hope this is a good project, would like to read it.
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Reply #6 posted 07/28/16 6:56am

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Nurse is pensive.

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Reply #7 posted 09/14/16 11:29pm

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This is Militant's friend if I'm not mistaken. So I guess it's gonna be great.

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Reply #8 posted 09/15/16 4:14am

dodger

Highly recommend. Some great anecdotes from various associates that I'd never read before.

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Reply #9 posted 09/15/16 7:02am

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Does anyone know if the interviews in this book are new and exclusive to it? If so I will definitely purchase this at some point, maybe next month for my birthday.

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Reply #10 posted 09/15/16 7:39am

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RaspBerryGirlFriend said:

Does anyone know if the interviews in this book are new and exclusive to it? If so I will definitely purchase this at some point, maybe next month for my birthday.

I'd imagine most of the interviews are from his BBC documentary from last year.

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Some great insight and funny little stories.

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Reply #11 posted 09/15/16 8:09am

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dodger said:

RaspBerryGirlFriend said:

Does anyone know if the interviews in this book are new and exclusive to it? If so I will definitely purchase this at some point, maybe next month for my birthday.

I'd imagine most of the interviews are from his BBC documentary from last year.

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Some great insight and funny little stories.

Yeah that would make sense, enjoyed that documentary a lot and always enjoy hearing personal accounts from the people close to Prince so I'll pick this up, thanks for the help.

Heavenly wine and roses seems to whisper to me when you smile...
Always cry for love, never cry for pain...
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Reply #12 posted 09/17/16 8:24pm

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I remember the documentary... but I'll hold off on this until somebody gives some feedback. Yeah, that's right. I'm willing to have you spend your money first! biggrin

So be honest about whether it's any good if you do review it. I'm tight with my money, but if it's worth it, I'll buy it.

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Reply #13 posted 09/18/16 1:35am

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^ Yes!

So YAY?

OR

NAY?

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Reply #14 posted 09/18/16 5:52am

dodger

EddieC said:

I remember the documentary... but I'll hold off on this until somebody gives some feedback. Yeah, that's right. I'm willing to have you spend your money first! biggrin

So be honest about whether it's any good if you do review it. I'm tight with my money, but if it's worth it, I'll buy it.



biggrin so the C in your name is for Cheap wink
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It maybe a bit over priced but it's definitely worth reading. A lot of anecdotes from past and present associates that I'd never heard. Not full of old rehashed stuff like a lot these books/tribute magazines.
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Michael Van Huffel (art assistant/director, 94-2000) tells some good stories like the night P called him in the night to come to PP to hear Count The Days. Another funny one about a chef he employed from NY and got promoted to accountant.
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Some from Andrew Gouche, Marcus Anderson and Michael B talks about him & Sonny going to PP after Musicolgy tour and recording some 'incredible' music that's never been released.
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Some from Steve Parke about P's ideas for packaging of Gold Experience, NPS, Crystal Ball and working for P in general.
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I'm not on a commission so I'll leave it there biggrin
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Reply #15 posted 09/18/16 11:35am

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Cool--glad to see the recent people get to say their say. I was mainly worried there would be too much of older associates and stories I've already heard in slightly different retellings.

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Reply #16 posted 09/18/16 1:22pm

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Reply #17 posted 09/18/16 7:51pm

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Right On! cool

Thanks..

Im not paying my hard earned $ £ for some 'Same Ol' Bullshit...Prince Book' lol

dodger said:

EddieC said:

I remember the documentary... but I'll hold off on this until somebody gives some feedback. Yeah, that's right. I'm willing to have you spend your money first! biggrin

So be honest about whether it's any good if you do review it. I'm tight with my money, but if it's worth it, I'll buy it.

biggrin so the C in your name is for Cheap wink . It maybe a bit over priced but it's definitely worth reading. A lot of anecdotes from past and present associates that I'd never heard. Not full of old rehashed stuff like a lot these books/tribute magazines. . Michael Van Huffel (art assistant/director, 94-2000) tells some good stories like the night P called him in the night to come to PP to hear Count The Days. Another funny one about a chef he employed from NY and got promoted to accountant. . Some from Andrew Gouche, Marcus Anderson and Michael B talks about him & Sonny going to PP after Musicolgy tour and recording some 'incredible' music that's never been released. . Some from Steve Parke about P's ideas for packaging of Gold Experience, NPS, Crystal Ball and working for P in general. . I'm not on a commission so I'll leave it there biggrin

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