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Author: Prince Narrator: Dan Piepenbring, Esperanza Spalding, Adepero Oduye Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2019 ISBN: 9780593168646
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The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words—featuring the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of “Uptown” to the mythical landscape of Purple Rain to the psychedelia of “Paisley Park.” But his most ambitious creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, one of the greatest pop stars of any era. The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince—a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The audiobook is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince’s early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing. The third section shows us Prince’s evolution, going up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the audiobook’s fourth section: his original treatment for Purple Rain—the final stage in Prince’s self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey. The audiobook is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring’s riveting and moving introduction about his profound collaboration with Prince in his final months—a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he’d so carefully cultivated. This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original and energizing literary work in its own right, full of Prince’s ideas and vision, his voice and image—his undying gift to the world. Includes a bonus PDF featuring never-before-seen photos and original scrapbooks & lyric sheets Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The memoir that the musician began writing before his untimely death in April 2016 is finally hitting shelves, packaged and framed by editor Dan Piepenbring.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Musician Esperanza Spalding, actor/singer Adepero Oduye, and writer Dan Piepenbring work together to recount the vivid, creative life of the artist known as Prince…Fans of the music and the musician will relax as they hear this personal exploration of the man behind the music. We are treated to performances as creative and rich as the legend himself.”

    AudioFile

  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick of the 40 Biggest Titles This Season
  • A USA Today Pick of Books for Fall Reading Guide
  • A Bustle Pick of Memoirs That Will Leave You Starstruck
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work of Biography/Autobiography

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About the Narrators

Adepero Oduye is a Nigerian American actress who was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate of Cornell University and has studied acting with Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, and Susan Batson. Oduye first starred as Alike in the award winning short film Pariah. Among other shorts she has starred in Water, The Tested, and Sub Rosa. She has also made guest appearances on such television programs as Louie and two Law & Order series.

Adepero Oduye is a Nigerian American actress who was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate of Cornell University and has studied acting with Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, and Susan Batson. Oduye first starred as Alike in the award winning short film Pariah. Among other shorts she has starred in Water, The Tested, and Sub Rosa. She has also made guest appearances on such television programs as Louie and two Law & Order series.