prince.org Site FAQ
General Prince FAQ
Record Stores FAQ
1. General questions
alt.music.prince (AMP) is an unmoderated Usenet newsgroup for the discussion of the musician Prince, who used to go by an unpronounceable symbol. The usual ASCII representation of his symbol is:
When he changed his name, it made sense to change the name of the newsgroup. Unfortunately, he chose a name that has no ASCII representation, and Usenet is still an ASCII world.
Ron Jarrell created the newsgroup (on behalf of Tim Buck) on May 9th, 1993 as an unmoderated alternative to the Prince Mailing List (which became moderated due to abuse).
Yes. While reading it, keep in mind that it was written in that short period after Prince's "retirement" but before his name change. At the time, Paisley Park Records was still in operation and Paisley Park Studios was available to the public as a rental facility.
You may find that your news server carries alt.fan.prince and rec.music.prince, but both groups have little-to-no traffic. Why didn't rec.music.prince catch on as a "Big Eight" replacement for AMP? Good question.
For starters you'll need some sort of access to the Internet. Most of the time Usenet is part of the deal. If your news server doesn't carry AMP, ask the administrator to add it; chances are he/she will be agreeable if you ask nicely. You can choose from a wide variety of programs for reading and posting. One most Windows users already have is Outlook Express, which handles usenet fine.
2. alt.music.prince culture
Go ahead. Such posts are a familiar part of the group. But be advised that you may get flamed if you do something like asking an excessively high price for a common item, or offering for sale pirated copies of officially-released recordings still in print. Generally you will be okay, though.
If you're considering a transaction with an unfamiliar person, you may want to check the Bad Traders list maintained by Rudedog at http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Portal/4995/badtraders.html
Bootleg recordings circulate pretty freely in AMP without interference from anti-bootlegging forces. But they are illegal in most places, so buy/sell/trade them at your own risk.
CD-Rs (some people omit the hyphen) are recordable compact discs that will play on most standard CD players. CD-Rs are popular among AMPers for making digital copies of bootleg CDs and even creating "homebrew" live/outtake releases.
After people began to complain about the long-delayed release of the Crystal Ball set, Prince'ss website (http://www.love4oneanother.com) displayed a message asserting that "naysayers will eat words on toast when the Ball drops!" Disgruntled fans on AMP immediately dubbed themselves the Naysayers. This highly informal group has been critical of some of Prince's recent business practices and music releases.
3. About this FAQ
The "General Prince FAQ" answers such questions, and to avoid repetition they are not duplicated here. The prince.org website is the official home of the General Prince FAQ (and this FAQ as well).
No. Another FAQ was written in 1994 by Bret Gorsline. He handed it off to Chris Reayoul in early 1995, who in turn passed it on to Raymond Meyll later that year. That FAQ hasn't been updated since late 1995 and is seriously out-of-date. However, it makes for a nice "historical" document.