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Reply #120 posted 10/14/19 6:42pm

PeggyO

I get the impression that Morris does just enough to retain a comfortable lifestyle. He lives in a beautiful, sunny area, he still performs, wrote a book without too much effort (IMO), and probably did not want the 'stress' of being in a movie which requires long hours.

This is not criticism.

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Reply #121 posted 10/14/19 6:50pm

violetcrush

I just re-read that media blurb, which would have been from the mid-late 80’s based on when The Color Purple was released, and it stated he “read” for that film, not that he was offered a role. Two very different things. There were so many big names in that film, so I would imagine he would not have passed on that one. Though, if he was still heavily into Cocaine he may not have been able to handle the set hours for a film of that nature.
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Just looked at the link which shows Dec 1985. So, Morris was only a year off of PR, and in full party mode.
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Reply #122 posted 10/14/19 7:41pm

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PeggyO said:

I get the impression that Morris does just enough to retain a comfortable lifestyle. He lives in a beautiful, sunny area, he still performs, wrote a book without too much effort (IMO), and probably did not want the 'stress' of being in a movie which requires long hours.

This is not criticism.

I agree Peggy, just enough to get by.

Morris seems to be a likeable guy. Glad I read the book.

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Reply #123 posted 10/14/19 8:19pm

PeggyO

PennyPurple said:

PeggyO said:

I get the impression that Morris does just enough to retain a comfortable lifestyle. He lives in a beautiful, sunny area, he still performs, wrote a book without too much effort (IMO), and probably did not want the 'stress' of being in a movie which requires long hours.

This is not criticism.

I agree Peggy, just enough to get by.

Morris seems to be a likeable guy. Glad I read the book.

I wonder if Prince admired those qualties in him. He is likeable to me as well.

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Reply #124 posted 10/15/19 3:29am

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It's finally here biggrin
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Reply #125 posted 10/15/19 4:37am

PennyPurple

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ThatWhiteDude said:

It's finally here biggrin

Yay! Happy Reading.

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Reply #126 posted 10/15/19 1:40pm

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I’m on ch 10 and enjoying so far 😊
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Reply #127 posted 10/15/19 4:22pm

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PennyPurple said:



ThatWhiteDude said:


It's finally here biggrin

Yay! Happy Reading.


Thanks! biggrin
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Reply #128 posted 10/15/19 4:48pm

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ThatWhiteDude said:

PennyPurple said:

Yay! Happy Reading.

Thanks! biggrin

Are you done yet? lol

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Reply #129 posted 10/15/19 5:35pm

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PennyPurple said:



ThatWhiteDude said:


PennyPurple said:


Yay! Happy Reading.



Thanks! biggrin

Are you done yet? lol


Nah, I'm on page 25 right now. I didn't have much time today sad but it's been a great read so far. smile
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Reply #130 posted 10/15/19 9:05pm

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Lawdy Amazon...by book is still touring with Morris.

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Reply #131 posted 10/15/19 9:32pm

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ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

Lawdy Amazon...by book is still touring with Morris.


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Reply #132 posted 10/16/19 4:41am

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ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

Lawdy Amazon...by book is still touring with Morris.

eek Sheesh, I would've thought they would have it figured out by now.

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Reply #133 posted 10/16/19 9:18am

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As a fan this is a disappointing book which merely confirms Morris Day as a figment of Prince's imagination. There is so little insight, so little of his own story shared from his perspective rather than viewed through the Prince's narrow prism.



After the release of Pandemonium why did the band disintegrate? No idea because he's straight onto talking about Prince competing with Michael Jackson.



Why did The Original 7ven grind to a halt? It isn't addressed because he is fixated on his standing relation to Prince.



The tacky and cheap looking cover exactly mirrors the content. Perhaps Morris figured the only way to get the book released was to ride on Prince's coat tails, but when you're a bit part player in your own autobigraphy you know you done f%$ked up. Very poor.



My thoughts exactly, surprised by the positive reviews. He is a very dull, uninteresting personality. A Prince-created cliche acting out a character on and offstage.

Like you I wondered why original 7ven album was hardly mentioned, nor the events leading to their breakup.
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Reply #134 posted 10/16/19 11:58am

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EugeneKnight said:

As a fan this is a disappointing book which merely confirms Morris Day as a figment of Prince's imagination. There is so little insight, so little of his own story shared from his perspective rather than viewed through the Prince's narrow prism.

After the release of Pandemonium why did the band disintegrate? No idea because he's straight onto talking about Prince competing with Michael Jackson.

Why did The Original 7ven grind to a halt? It isn't addressed because he is fixated on his standing relation to Prince.

The tacky and cheap looking cover exactly mirrors the content. Perhaps Morris figured the only way to get the book released was to ride on Prince's coat tails, but when you're a bit part player in your own autobigraphy you know you done f%$ked up. Very poor.

I agree with you 100%. Glad I "listened" to the book on audible, but I have so many more questions like yours above. He glossed over so may segments that (to me) were important nuggets to the story. I know a lot of his opinions were covered in the O7 DVD that was in the deluxe edition, but I wanted all of that documented in the book.

It is definitely a story that he could have delved deeper into. I would like to know more about Morris outside of music. Does he play golf? Does he take his kids to the fair? Does he go to Disney World with his kids? I would like more of this kind of stuff. Not necessarliy because I care, but to paint him as a person and not as some fictional character from a movie.

I also don't know if it was his editors/co-writer or what that made the final decisions. I do know that David Ritz is really thorough in his writing. His book on Aretha Franklin (Respect...not the autobiography he cowrote with her) and Marvin Gaye are supurb. I know he would be willing to go deeper, but not sure if it was editing that made the book this way.

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Reply #135 posted 10/16/19 1:12pm

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daPrettyman said:



EugeneKnight said:


As a fan this is a disappointing book which merely confirms Morris Day as a figment of Prince's imagination. There is so little insight, so little of his own story shared from his perspective rather than viewed through the Prince's narrow prism.



After the release of Pandemonium why did the band disintegrate? No idea because he's straight onto talking about Prince competing with Michael Jackson.



Why did The Original 7ven grind to a halt? It isn't addressed because he is fixated on his standing relation to Prince.



The tacky and cheap looking cover exactly mirrors the content. Perhaps Morris figured the only way to get the book released was to ride on Prince's coat tails, but when you're a bit part player in your own autobigraphy you know you done f%$ked up. Very poor.



I agree with you 100%. Glad I "listened" to the book on audible, but I have so many more questions like yours above. He glossed over so may segments that (to me) were important nuggets to the story. I know a lot of his opinions were covered in the O7 DVD that was in the deluxe edition, but I wanted all of that documented in the book.



It is definitely a story that he could have delved deeper into. I would like to know more about Morris outside of music. Does he play golf? Does he take his kids to the fair? Does he go to Disney World with his kids? I would like more of this kind of stuff. Not necessarliy because I care, but to paint him as a person and not as some fictional character from a movie.



I also don't know if it was his editors/co-writer or what that made the final decisions. I do know that David Ritz is really thorough in his writing. His book on Aretha Franklin (Respect...not the autobiography he cowrote with her) and Marvin Gaye are supurb. I know he would be willing to go deeper, but not sure if it was editing that made the book this way.

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I always thought his intention was to specifically chronicle his time with Prince, and not his life outside of that. The “princely life in funk” part of the title seems to hint to that.
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Reply #136 posted 10/16/19 3:22pm

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violetcrush said:



I always thought his intention was to specifically chronicle his time with Prince, and not his life outside of that. The “princely life in funk” part of the title seems to hint to that.

If you'd read the book, you'd see he talked about his life before, during and after Prince, not just his time with Prince.

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Reply #137 posted 10/16/19 6:14pm

PeggyO

PennyPurple said:

violetcrush said:

I always thought his intention was to specifically chronicle his time with Prince, and not his life outside of that. The “princely life in funk” part of the title seems to hint to that.

If you'd read the book, you'd see he talked about his life before, during and after Prince, not just his time with Prince.

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Reply #138 posted 10/16/19 9:43pm

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It arrived today. Yeah Amazon. Only a week or more late.

My book has stopped touring, and said it is extremely tired from traveling around the USA.

The book asked me to allow it to rest for a bit before I start reading.

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Reply #139 posted 10/17/19 3:34am

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Reply #140 posted 10/17/19 8:28am

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I really enjoyed this book. If for anything, it shed some light on some things I always wondered about (for example, where the hell that name "Eugene Knight" came from) and some things I didn't expect.

Kind of wild to see him fall from grace the way he did. Enjoyed the family pictures and bits about his life we wouldn't have gotten anywhere else. And as always, a side of Prince you don't always get from the people who seem to be "officially" speaking for/about him in the press posthumously. I really liked knowing what kind of music he (and Prince reportedly) were into.

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Reply #141 posted 10/17/19 8:43am

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Reply #142 posted 10/17/19 8:43am

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Reply #143 posted 10/17/19 3:06pm

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ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

stoned

It arrived today. Yeah Amazon. Only a week or more late.

My book has stopped touring, and said it is extremely tired from traveling around the USA.

The book asked me to allow it to rest for a bit before I start reading.


YAY!
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Reply #144 posted 10/17/19 10:11pm

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The part about Prince kicking him out of his house was pretty jarring for some reason. The part about Prince sharing and not wanting to share women with him was funny, but still jarring.

I never knew Morris was on drugs. So, that's weird to me. It was interesting to see that Prince was pimping it with the multiple women. I always thought he would but I had never had any indication, from an article or whatever women that slept with him that he was into orgies or whatever.(I never did take Zannalee to heart. No woman had ever confirmed it.)

Interesting book so far. I'm almost half done!

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Reply #145 posted 10/18/19 2:25am

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"4 all of us, life is death without adventure,& adventure only comes 2 those who are willing 2 b daring & take chances."prince 1985
"eye don't think about gone just think about the future when eye don't want 2 speak n real time" prince 2004
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Reply #146 posted 10/18/19 6:38am

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Reply #147 posted 10/18/19 8:39am

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"4 all of us, life is death without adventure,& adventure only comes 2 those who are willing 2 b daring & take chances."prince 1985
"eye don't think about gone just think about the future when eye don't want 2 speak n real time" prince 2004
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Reply #148 posted 10/18/19 1:08pm

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williamb610 said:

The part about Prince kicking him out of his house was pretty jarring for some reason. The part about Prince sharing and not wanting to share women with him was funny, but still jarring.

I never knew Morris was on drugs. So, that's weird to me. It was interesting to see that Prince was pimping it with the multiple women. I always thought he would but I had never had any indication, from an article or whatever women that slept with him that he was into orgies or whatever.(I never did take Zannalee to heart. No woman had ever confirmed it.)

Interesting book so far. I'm almost half done!

Zannalee was not about an orgy - just a "three-way" between him, his girlfriend and her sister. "She had a sister named "Fendi"....if you know the history it's not too hard to convert the names "Zannalee" and "Fendi" biggrin Of course, it could have been completely fabricated by Prince just to keep people questioning or guessing.

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Reply #149 posted 10/18/19 1:45pm

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thanks for the links, Bart
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