Prince by Ronin Ro
Inside the Music and the Masks

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Rowling can still clean up a few stylistic concerns, but in this novel she shows that she has capacities that we had previously only glimpsed at. As another reviewer has said, this book indicates that she may well have something consequential to say after Potter is finished.
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With a brand-new introduction and chapter that cover the last five year's of Prince's life and work and his untimely death in April 2016.

In his three decades of recording, Prince had nearly thirty albums hit the Billboard Top 100. He is the only artist since the Beatles to have a number-one song, 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—won him millions of adoring fans the world over.

Prince is the first book to give full treatment to his thirty-five-year career. Acclaimed music journalist Ronin Ro traces Prince's rise from anonymity in the late 70s, to his catapult to stardom in the 80s, to his reemergence in the twenty-first century as an artistic icon. Ro expertly chronicles his music and career, 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.

 

About Ronin Ro

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Ronin Ro is an award-winning author and music journalist. He has written for Rolling Stone, USA Today, Playboy and Vanity Fair. He is the author of eight books about the entertainment industry including a biography of Dr Dre: 'Probably one of the 10 best books on rap' Booklist
 
Published October 25, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 383 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Leoniceno on Jul 17 2005

Rowling can still clean up a few stylistic concerns, but in this novel she shows that she has capacities that we had previously only glimpsed at. As another reviewer has said, this book indicates that she may well have something consequential to say after Potter is finished.

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Reviewed by Michaelangelo Matos on Dec 07 2011

...features a handful of new quotes from some of the same folks (Revolution guitarist Wendy Melvoin, former tour manager Alan Leeds), but is otherwise little different from any number of other books, though this one might need the most editing.

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Reviewed by Michaelangelo Matos on Dec 07 2011

The book’s blow-by-blow account of Prince’s mid-’90s feud with Warner Bros.—the period when he changed his name to a combined man-woman symbol in an attempt to get out of a headline-making 1992 contract renewal—is the one time the book’s pacing is effective.

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Denver Post

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on Oct 31 2011

In the end, however, you may find yourself less frustrated with Ro than with Prince himself. Isn’t it about time he opened up? Ro’s book proves that we don’t need another Prince biography. We need a Prince autobiography.

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