21 Nights by Prince

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21 Nights--a first book by Prince and celebrated photographer Randee St. Nicholas is a stunning multimedia volume offering a rare glimpse into the life, lyrics and mystique of one of the most notable and prolific musicians of our time. This beautifully designed photographic essay flows from Prince's sensational, unprecedented, record-breaking, sold-out 21 concerts in 21 Nights at London's 02 Arena in 2007. Giving insight into his dueling worlds of performance and solitude, 21 Nights incorporates Prince's evocative poetry and lyrics to new songs and other selections, and 124 full-color, sumptuous never-before-published images by Randee St. Nicholas. As part of the multi-dimensional experience, it will also include "Indigo Night," a CD--available only with the book--capturing Prince's after-hours, live after-show sessions--rare and profound moments of musical genius.

21 Nights takes the reader from the passenger seat of a limousine zipping through the streets of London to his sleeping quarters in a luxury hotel. In between we see him and his phenomenal band of musicians, singers and dancers backstage in the make up room to onstage, bathed in purple lights and a fog of gray smoke. Like a movie-in-a-book, readers are taken on his journey from London to Prague, in a style that takes glam rock to a new level.

Then there is poetry and lyrics that reveal the heart and soul of Prince--in addition to his incomparable talent. Going beyond the catchy hook, he expresses himself on everything from the destructive forces of war, greed and superficiality the life giving energy of love, beauty, and--of course--music.

 

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As one of the greatest American Pop Music icons, Prince has won numerous awards including an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Brit Award, and several Grammy Awards throughout his highly successful career. Prince’s super stardom took off with his album Purple Rain (concurrent with the film of the same name in the 80s. Most recently, in 2004 with the release of his album Musicology, Pollstar named Prince the top concert draw among musicians in st1:placeAmerica/ST1:PLACE. Prince's Musicology Tour was the most profitable tour in the music industry that year. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the UK Hall of Fame in 2006. Randee St Nicholas is one of the music and entertainment industries' most acclaimed portrait photographers. She photographed Whitney numerous times throughout her career and directed the music video for "I'm Every Woman." She lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published September 9, 2008 by Atria Books. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Perhaps the most enigmatic and tight-lipped of modern rock stars, St. Nicholas says in her introduction that ""to know him is to know that you probably will never really know him and to question that is a waste of time."" Images reveal quiet joy and pronounced solitude, pensiveness and passion, l...

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