Prince by Ronin Ro
Inside the Music and the Masks

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Ro's obsession with budgets and sales figures is maddeningly dry when he's dealing with Prince's creative glory day...
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In over thirty years as one of the most original and charismatic figures in modern music, Prince Rogers Nelson has enjoyed huge success - and courted considerable controversy. Now, acclaimed rock journalist Ronin Ro chronicles both the man and his music. 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 industry and pop culture at large. Moreover, his restless creativity has produced a string of international hits including 'Little Red Corvette', 'Let's Go Crazy', 'Kiss' and 'Cream', and at the height of his fame the album Purple Rain was selling at a rate of a million copies a week in the US alone. Through access to an unrivalled array of witnesses to Prince's remarkable rise, including former producers, bandmates and managers, Ronin Ro gets closer to him than any previous biographer, peeling away the masks to lay bare the story of a true modern icon.
 

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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 February 1, 2012 by Aurum Press. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Dorian Lynskey on Feb 18 2012

Ro's obsession with budgets and sales figures is maddeningly dry when he's dealing with Prince's creative glory day...

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