Prince by Ronin Ro
Inside the Music and the Masks

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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-long 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 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—has won him millions of adoring fans.



Prince is the first book to give full treatment to this 30-year career of epic proportions. 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 21st century as both an artistic icon and a starmaker. 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.



 

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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Did 10 years of researching the enigmatic Prince pay off? You bet.

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The Guardian

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The aim to demystify, however, only half succeeds: in matter-of-fact but still lively prose, Zamoyski sheds balanced light on the composer's physical condition, and the role of his Polish origins in shaping his musical sensibilities, but the book still retains the outlines of a romantic biography...

Mar 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Prince: Inside the Music and ...

Publishers Weekly

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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.

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AV Club

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A rare Prince biography has little to say about the music, but a lot to say about the money.

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The Telegraph

It is shocking when out of nowhere you find Prince collapsed in his studio after taking an overdose of sleeping pills and drinking four bottles of wine, because Ro has only ever noted him being abstemious.

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Denver Post

But most of what’s out there can be found in two Prince bios that Ro owes a huge debt to: Per Nilson’s “DanceMusicSexRomance: Prince — The First Decade,” a charming mash-up of interviews, tour dates and geeky fan analysis;

Oct 31 2011 | Read Full Review of Prince: Inside the Music and ...

Denver Post

But most of what's out there can be found in two Prince bios that Ro owes a huge debt to: Per Nilson's "DanceMusicSexRomance: Prince — The First Decade," a charming mash-up of interviews, tour dates and geeky fan analysis;

Nov 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Prince: Inside the Music and ...

City Book Review

“As far his music is concerned, Prince continues to write memorable works…traces of his earlier styles are heard on works by artists as diverse as Terence Trent Darby, Seal, Lenny Kravitz… Outkast, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Britney Spears, Madonna, Ciara, and Beck.” Prince: Inside the Music and ...

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Bookmarks Magazine

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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Grave Tells

As Leila works with Vlad to find the vampire after him and behind her kidnapping, she finds herself in love with the one person she can finally touch, but believes he isn’t able to love her in return.

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Artswrap

During the course of his journey from teenage obscurity to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Prince has provoked moral outrage, starred in a hit movie, adopted an unpronounceable symbol for a stage name, confronted record labels and fostered young talent, making a profound mark on the entertainment...

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