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2.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 5 2.67 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ronin Ro Narrator: Mirron Willis Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538465202
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A fascinating, authoritative biography of one of the most commercial, controversial, and influential musicians of all time

In his three decades of recording, Prince has had nearly thirty albums hit the Billboard Top 100. He is the only artist since the Beatles to have a number one album, movie, and single at the same time. Prince’s trajectory—from a teenage unknown in Minneapolis to an idol and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer—has won him millions of adoring fans.

Prince is the first book to give full treatment to this thirty-year career of epic proportions. Acclaimed music journalist Ronin Ro traces Prince’s rise from anonymity in the late 70s, to his leap to stardom in the 80s, to his reemergence in the twenty-first century as both an artistic icon and a star maker. Ro chronicles the music, showing how Prince and his albums helped define and inspire a generation. Along the way, Prince confronted labels, fostered other young talents, and took ownership of his music, making a profound mark on the entertainment industry and pop culture.

In this authoritative biography, Ro digs deep to reveal the man behind some of the most important music of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Capturing the essence of a constantly evolving artist like the massively successful Prince is no easy task, but music journalist and biographer Ro’s look at the man behind the curtain is a worthy effort…This solid biography gives fans a peek at a complicated talent.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Did ten years of researching the enigmatic Prince pay off? You bet…It’s surprising that nobody has delivered a noteworthy Prince bio—until now. Veteran journalist Ro spent a decade researching this book—which shouldn’t surprise Prince’s fans, as the man is notoriously private—and it was worth it, as he was able to get vital information, opinions, and anecdotes from Prince’s close and not-so-close associates…The author has an obvious affection for Prince’s work, but he maintains enough objectivity to be credible. An energetic, detailed balance of reportage and criticism about an icon of his era.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Prince Rogers Nelson’s three decades in the music business make for an original tale in this era of corporate, American Idol-style pop stars. His rise and fall and rise is that of an artist who has followed his own path, sometimes infuriatingly so. Between the phenomenal success of 1984’s Purple Rain and 2010’s Dreamer, Prince has earned thirty-three Grammy nominations…[and was] listed in Time magazine’s 2010 annual ranking of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’…Ro here relies heavily on previously published material…but Ro’s approach and information is different enough to warrant a purchase.”

    Library Journal

  • “Pop-music-star Prince is intensely private, so it is not surprising that he was not interviewed for this biography. Nevertheless, Ro came up with a myriad of details about Prince’s life and career by tapping former band members, public records, and other sources. Willis enunciates the text with precision…[and] clarity.”

    Booklist (audio review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 5/13/2013

    " Interesting, but some parts were really vague. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tricia | 11/29/2012

    " Nothing new, previously published information from interviews etc. Prince is talented and creative, that's what I wanted to read about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 3/24/2012

    " Love Prince..the book is weak. Very focused on his early career. "

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About the Author
Author Ronin Ro

Ronin Ro is an award-winning author and music journalist. He has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, USA Today, Playboy, Vanity Fair, and Vibe. He is the author of several other books, including the critically acclaimed Have Gun Will Travel: The Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records.

About the Narrator

Mirron Willis—actor of film, stage, and television—is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2012 and a finalist for the Audie in 2015, as well as the winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook recordings. He has worked extensively in film and television and on stage with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and the Ensemble Theatre, among others. He has recorded some 150 audiobooks, including the Smokey Dalton series by Kris Nelscott and My Song by Harry Belafonte. He resides and records audiobooks on his family’s historic ranch in East Texas.