I have a couple good books about the Purple Rain era (e.g. Tudahl's and Light's books) and the '80s in general (e.g. Nilson's book). And it sounds like there are some books that give you snapshots of the '90s (e.g. Walsh's and Mayte's books).
But is there anything that touchs on the 2000s? The last 15 years or so of his career? The only one I know of is Prince: The Man and His Music, but Matt Thorne.
I was one of those fans who became disillusioned in the '90s and stopped closely following Prince. But after he passed away my interest was reignited, and now I'm back to being a hardcord fan. So while I'm pretty knowledgable about his music and all the behind-the-scenes stuff that happened up to about 2000, from there things get a bit murky for me.
I've purchased all of his post-2000 music, so now I am familiar with all the songs, but I don't know the stories behind them the way I know the stories like the evolution of Dream Factor and Camille into Crystal Ball and then into Sign o the Times. I'd love to read a book like Nilson's DanceMusicSexRomance or Tudal's Sessions Book about the 2000 era, but nothing along those lines seems to exist. Again, Thorne's book is the only one I know of that has even some detail on that era.
This is exactly my story. I was a huge fan through the 80’s and lost interest in the 90’s. I’ve since gone back to his 90’s work (some great stuff there) and through the 2000’s.
I read Matt Thorne’s book. He covers Prince’s entire career up to 2013-14. Most of the earlier info he gets from other sources, but he has great info from Susannah Melvoin about Crystal Ball. Loved Alan Light’s and Duane’s books too. Touré had a great “round table” interview with Duane and Ruth Arzate his personal assistant/mgr from 2004 through 2010. She had done good stories about that period - 3121, Super Bowl, etc.
^^^ Woops...not Toure - Questlove had the group interview with Duane and Ruth...
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