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Reply #90 posted 08/07/15 8:08am

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Clark long remembered his tough interview with a quiet Prince

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 18, 2012 - 9:09 PM

Dick Clark picked up the phone and cut to the chase. "What is this interview for?" said the man who was involved with too many TV projects for a reporter to keep track of. He wanted to know the subject and the media in which this interview was to be presented.

When he learned it was "The American Music Awards" for a newspaper, he said to fire away and, in his answers, he proceeded to drop more expletives than Axl Rose at a Guns N' Roses concert.

That interview took place in 1995. I asked one of popular music's all-time most important tastemakers to revisit his infamous 1980 interview with Prince, our local hero, on "American Bandstand." Prince was just starting out. While he was exciting when he performed, he was shy and standoffish when trying to talk.

Clark asked the musician how many instruments he played. Prince answered, "Thousands."

Dick Clark picked up the phone and cut to the chase. "What is this interview for?" said the man who was involved with too many TV projects for a reporter to keep track of. He wanted to know the subject and the media in which this interview was to be presented.

When he learned it was "The American Music Awards" for a newspaper, he said to fire away and, in his answers, he proceeded to drop more expletives than Axl Rose at a Guns N' Roses concert.

That interview took place in 1995. I asked one of popular music's all-time most important tastemakers to revisit his infamous 1980 interview with Prince, our local hero, on "American Bandstand." Prince was just starting out. While he was exciting when he performed, he was shy and standoffish when trying to talk.

Clark asked the musician how many instruments he played. Prince answered, "Thousands."

Asked how long he'd been playing, Prince merely raised four fingers.

Clark remembered it vividly. "He didn't talk to me," the "Bandstand" host said 15 years after the fact. "I've always said that was one of the most difficult interviews I've ever conducted, and I've done 10,000 musician interviews."

Was it Prince? Was it Clark? Was it the moment?

"No, that's the nature of the man," said Clark, who had since worked with Prince a few times on "The American Music Awards."

"He's an extraordinary performer and not a particularly verbose one in public conversation. Though once you're off-camera, he's like everybody else -- very normal. It's like all of the mystery people in entertainment. Michael Jackson's not a communicator in public but in the privacy of a room, he's like everybody else: He talks. And Prince is the same. ... But I don't advise him on career moves."

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Reply #91 posted 08/07/15 8:09am

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". These two R&B successes were performed on January 26, 1980, on American BandstandAmerican BandstandAmerican Bandstand was a television show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989, hosted from 1957 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as producer...


with this first backing band. Legend has it that Prince became annoyed when, during the interview segment, host Dick Clark expressed surprise that Prince and his bandmates were from Minneapolis "of all places". Prince refused to speak, instead answering a question by gesturing with his hand. It was later admitted by Dez Dickerson that it was planned from the beginning as a way to disconcert Clark. Dickerson was quoted as saying, "Great. We're illiterate, but we play well."

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Reply #92 posted 08/07/15 11:50am

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Reply #93 posted 08/07/15 12:09pm

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2.9.1980 @ the Opheum Theater in Minneapolis MN

Prince

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Reply #94 posted 08/07/15 2:23pm

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I love (!) this photo. The detail is so great, like I should be able to touch it and feel Dez's hairy chest and suede strap, Andre's plastic pants and pluck a bass string, that feathery wisp of hair at Prince ear and his shoulders. nod love
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Reply #95 posted 08/11/15 7:13am

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2.9.1980 @ the Opheum Theater in Minneapolis MN

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Reply #96 posted 08/11/15 7:20am

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Your threads are brill worship

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Reply #97 posted 08/11/15 9:34am

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Guitarhero said:

Your threads are brill worship



Thx for the tread oldfriends I love ur work.
plz no pics of prince raping gail's mouth on stage. Super creepy
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Reply #98 posted 08/11/15 10:06am

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nyse said:

Guitarhero said:

Your threads are brill worship

Thx for the tread oldfriends I love ur work. plz no pics of prince raping gail's mouth on stage. Super creepy

lol it's coming my friend lol it is coming

we can't edit out or censor the raunch

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Reply #99 posted 08/11/15 12:57pm

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Oh, Lord. lol
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Reply #100 posted 08/11/15 1:05pm

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iZsaZsa said:

Oh, Lord. lol

nothing but Prince's tongue

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till your burning up!!

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Reply #101 posted 08/11/15 4:34pm

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nyse said:

Guitarhero said:

Your threads are brill worship



Thx for the tread oldfriends I love ur work.
plz no pics of prince raping gail's mouth on stage. Super creepy

Like the face hugger from the movie Alien. lol
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Reply #102 posted 08/11/15 4:36pm

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OldFriends4Sale said:



iZsaZsa said:


Oh, Lord. lol


nothing but tongue



till your burning up!!


Maybe! biggrin
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Reply #103 posted 08/12/15 8:05am

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Prince @ the Bottom Line,NYC 2.1980


2.15.1980 NYC - the Bottom Line (1st show)

2.16.1980 NYC - the Bottom Line (2nd show)

Possible set list

1. Soft And Wet
2. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
3. Still Waiting
4. I Feel For You
5. Sexy Dancer
6. Just As Long As We're Together
7. I Wanna Be Your Lover



New York City, February 1980.

1.____

2. André Cymone

3.Prince

4.Cynthia Horner, at the time editorial director for teen magazine Right On!

5.____

6.____

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Prince 1980 © Deborah Feingold

Back In 1980, NYC offered two alternative weeklies for those who needed to be in the know: the Village Voice and the Soho Weekly News. I was shooting for both back then and this assignment came from SWN. The shoot was at the Bottom Line, a club in Greenwich Village famous for showcasing new artists. The subject that night was then known as… Prince. My photo editor instructed me to shoot the usual concert shots but also asked that I wrangle a backstage portrait. Usually the editors handled that part of the assignment logistics but not this time. The concert stuff was easy for me, but having to talk my way backstage … not so easy for this shy girl.

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There was a lot of noise about this mysterious young musician from Minneapolis, so I showed up early and waited by his dressing room door. After fifteen minutes of light door knocking, a large man opened the door. I looked up at him as he looked down at me; neither of us spoke. Then I heard a weird, high-pitched sound come out of me, asking to take a photo of Prince. His eyes never left my face as he shook his head no and shut the door. Privately relieved that I would only have to shoot the concert, I turned away just as the door reopened and an even larger man appeared. He introduced himself as Prince’s manager and told me, with words, that Prince did not do photo shoots. “Okay, just had to ask. Thank you.” I smiled and dashed off to jockey for position.

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As the lights dimmed and the opening act walked onto the stage, I felt a hand on my shoulder. Turning around, I saw Prince’s manager signaling me to follow him. When we arrived at Prince’s dressing room, he smiled and said, “You were so damn polite, c’mon in and take some pictures.”

Ps. I’m not sure who was more shy that night. We shot for about a minute. I was extremely nervous as I struggled to engage him in the shoot. Not knowing what else to do, I handed him my camera and suggested that he take a picture, which he seemed happy and relieved to do!

http://deborahfeingold.wo...manners-4/

prince6_1980





http://www.rockpaperphoto...ince.html/

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Reply #104 posted 08/12/15 8:19am

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That is the most beautiful font ever. I wish I could post like that. smile
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Reply #105 posted 08/12/15 8:22am

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2.15.1980 NYC - the Bottom Line (1st show)

2.16.1980 NYC - the Bottom Line (2nd show)

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Reply #106 posted 08/12/15 8:25am

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1980 --- Prince backstage at The Bottom Line, New York City --- Image by © Deborah Feingold/

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Reply #107 posted 08/12/15 8:25am

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iZsaZsa said:

That is the most beautiful font ever. I wish I could post like that. smile

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Reply #108 posted 08/12/15 8:39am

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With You

I've held your hand so many times
But I still get the feeling I felt the very first time
I've kissed your lips and laid with you
And I cherish every moment we spend in each other's arms
I guess my eyes can only see as far as you
I only want to be with you

We've come so far in so little time
Sometimes I wonder if this is meant to be
Sometimes you are so very kind
That the nights you're not with me I'm scared that you're gonna leave

I guess you could say that I'm just being a fool
But I only want to be with you

I guess you could say that I'm just being a fool
But I always, always want to be with you

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Reply #109 posted 08/12/15 1:16pm

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Is that Susan Rogers?

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Reply #110 posted 08/12/15 2:37pm

1contessa

Omg, those old photos! They make me smile and cringe at the same time, and bring back memories of a good time and era gone by. biggrin

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Reply #111 posted 08/12/15 4:54pm

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1contessa said:

Omg, those old photos! They make me smile and cringe at the same time, and bring back memories of a good time and era gone by. biggrin

I absolutely love the grittiness and rawness of these old photos (vs today's glossy, overlyphotoshopped and "perfect" photos - and I'm not just refering to Prince's pics, it's that way in general nowadays from celebrities down to regular folks w/all their filters and such).

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These pictures capture something so special. Thanks OldFriends for this thread!!

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Reply #112 posted 08/12/15 6:08pm

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jazzz said:



OldFriends4Sale said:










Is that Susan Rogers?




no...its some journalist/photographer chick....
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Reply #113 posted 08/12/15 6:32pm

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jazzz said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

Is that Susan Rogers?

No, that is a WB employee, I can't recall her name.
Susan Rogers didn't come on until 1983

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Reply #114 posted 08/12/15 7:14pm

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2.15.1980 NYC - the Bottom Line (1st show)


2.16.1980 NYC - the Bottom Line (2nd show)












Did they ever fight?
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Reply #115 posted 08/12/15 7:19pm

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iZsaZsa said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

2.15.1980 NYC - the Bottom Line (1st show)

2.16.1980 NYC - the Bottom Line (2nd show)

Did they ever fight?

Who?
If you mean physical, I've never heard any stories, except for Morris or Andres mother who spanked Prince

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Reply #116 posted 08/12/15 7:30pm

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OldFriends4Sale said:



iZsaZsa said:


OldFriends4Sale said:



2.15.1980 NYC - the Bottom Line (1st show)


2.16.1980 NYC - the Bottom Line (2nd show)













Did they ever fight?


Who?
If you mean physical, I've never heard any stories, except for Morris or Andres mother who spanked Prince




Yes, like who gets the girl stuff.
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Reply #117 posted 08/12/15 7:31pm

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What did he do to get spanked?
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Reply #118 posted 08/12/15 7:34pm

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What did he do to get spanked?



let the books (quoting Pepe Willie) tell it, he had skipped school
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Reply #119 posted 08/13/15 2:50am

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RJOrion said:

iZsaZsa said:

What did he do to get spanked?



let the books (quoting Pepe Willie) tell it, he had skipped school

He has beautiful penmenship; shoulda wrote a note. Lol.
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