Inside the Music and the Masks

Book - 2011
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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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780312383008
Characteristics: ix, 370 p. ; 25 cm


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Dec 14, 2016

Very disappointing. Prince is extraordinary and this book is not.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "This book takes the reader through Prince's early life and then through his every so intriguing career. Prince is a passionate artist, a brilliant businessman, and a complex human being.

Ronin Ro has done an excellent job of uncovering so many of the mysteries that we have never understood about Prince, and makes them all fall in to place.

This a a really great book for any Prince fan or anyone who has every wondered about the seemingly complicated nature of this amazing artist!"

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