On March 20, the current year, Hollywood Reporter announced that publisher Spiegel & Grau (of Random House) released to the press that “Musical legend Prince will publish his memoir in fall 2017”. The title “The Beautiful Ones” “will take readers on an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work — from the family that shaped him and the people, places, and ideas that fired his creative imagination, to the stories behind the music that changed the world.” – same source stated.
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 7, 1958. He was largely known as Prince, and he was a singer, a songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a record producer, and actor. He was also an innovator, and was widely known for his highly unconventional work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was considered the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He wrote his first song at seven.
I have been much more impressed by his death than the spectacular David Bowie, who never stopped the show, even then (you know what I mean, with his “parting gift”). The 57-year-old singer was found unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, yesterday, April 21, 2016.
911 Call Transcript – Carver County Sheriff’s Office – 04/21/16 – 9:43 AM
Here’s the transcript of the 911 call, released by authorities:
Emily Colestock, CCSO Dispatcher: 911, where is your emergency?
Unidentified Male: Hi there, um, what’s the address, here? Yea we need an ambulance right now.
UM: We have someone who is unconscious.
EC: Ok, what’s the address?
UM: Um, we’re at Prince’s house.
EC: Okay, does anybody know the address? Is there any mail around that you could look at?
UM: Yea, yea, okay, hold on
EC: Okay, your cell phone’s not going to tell me where you’re at, so I need you to find me an address.
UM: Yea, we have um, yea, we have um, so, yea, um, the person is dead here.
EC: Okay, get me the address please.
UM: Okay, okay, I’m working on it.
EC: Concentrate on that.
UM: And the people are just distraught
EC: I understand that they are distraught but
UM: I’m working on it, I’m working on it
EC: Okay, do we know how the person died?
UM: I don’t know, I don’t know,
UM: um, so we’re, we’re in Minneapolis, Minnesota and we are at the home of Prince.
EC: You’re in Minneapolis?
UM: Yea, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
EC: You’re sure you are in Minneapolis?
UM: That’s correct.
EC: Okay, have you found an address yet?
UM: Yea, um, I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry I need, I need the address here?
Unidentified Female: 7801
EC: 7801 what?
UM: Paisley Park, we are at Paisley Park
EC: You’re at Paisley Park, okay, that’s in Chanhassen. Are you with the person who’
UM: Yes, It’s Prince
UM: the person
EC: Okay, stay on the line with me
Shirley, Ridgeview Ambulance Dispatcher: Ambulance, Shirley
EC: Carver with the transfer for Paisley Park Studios, 78
S: Paisley Park Studios, okay
EC: 7801 Audubon Road,
EC: We have a person down, not breathing.
S: Down, not breathing
UM: He’s, he’s
EC: We’re going to get everybody, go ahead with the transmittal sir
Kayley McGarry, CCSO Dispatcher: Dispatch Kayley
S: Yea Kayley this is Shirley at Ridgeview, you can cancel anybody going to Audubon,
KM: Okay, thank you.
S: All right, thanks, bye.
Musical Legend Prince – 2 YouTube Videos
Prince was his own person, a creative spirit with no boundaries for his conscience or nonconformism, as you can watch in the video below, an SNL parody which perfectly resumes his mercurial personality.
He was romantically involved with Kim Basinger, Madonna, Carmen Electra, Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles), Sherilyn Fenn, and many others. He joined Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2001, and he was a vegetarian married two times. He wrote songs which became hits for other groups or individuals: “Manic Monday” (the Bangles), “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Sinnead O’Connor), “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore” (Alicia Keys), “I Feel For You” (Chaka Khan), “When You Were Mine” (Cyndi Lauper), “Sugar Walls” (Sheena Easton).
Leaving the joke away, here’s his masterpiece, “Purple Rain”.
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