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21 Nights [Hardcover]

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30 Sep 2008
This beautifully designed photographic essay flows from Prince's sensational, unprecedented, record-breaking, sold-out 21 concerts in 21 nights at London's O2 Arena in 2007. Juxtaposing his dueling worlds of music and solitude, it will incorporate Prince's evocative poetry and lyrics to new songs and other selections, and 124 full-color, sumptuous, never-before-published images by celebrated photographer Randee St. Nicholas. As part of the dimensional experience, it will also feature "Indigo Nights," a CD capturing Prince's speak-easy, after-hours, raw, live after-show sessions of pure unadulterated jams. For the first time in 21 NIGHTS, Prince is seen behind the scenes. Randee St. Nicholas, renowned for her rich visuals, deft touch, and distinctive style, was given access to Prince's life and career, providing a nuanced and unparalleled view of the artist, accompanying him onstage, backstage, and into his sleeping quarters. "Indigo Nights," which includes the live version of the song "3121," will not be available in any other format.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; 1st Edition edition (30 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847373836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847373830
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 24.4 x 34.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Firstly this book is perhaps one of the most opulent, self-indulgent books I have ever purchased, but when it is the finest artist of his generation responsible for such extravagance how can you say no? Every photo appears to have been staged and feels more like a photoshoot than the intimate behind-the-scenes insight the book first appears. It features little in the way of photos from the shows and that is perhaps the biggest dissapointment. Especially as the Indigo o2 is not represented at all in the photography, a shame as I have great memories from seeing prince there and the CD is from his aftershow set there.

What makes this book special is the presentation, the quality of the paper and overall packaging is truly first rate, capturing the quest for perfection that prince has strived for in his performances. It is hard to knock such a well rounded product at such a fair price. It may be self-indulgent, but Prince is no egoist- he really loves to indulge his fans too and that is what we get in this lavashly presented book.

The CD is pure gold, you know why you want this, it is for the music and all that can be said is that it truly delivers. Okay Misty Blue and Alphabet Street do drag on a bit, but this is a wonderful exhibit to his musical genius. His live band sounded great in the indigo 02 and the sound quality of this live release is probably the best I have heard taken from such an intimate venue. It would be wrong for me to pick highlights as this is a largely flawless performance that is worth every penny, just wish the photos had a bit more soul to them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superbly illustrated album cover 13 Oct 2008
I like a several thousand people saw one of his shows at the O2. The man is a genius and the Indigo nights after show cd is a great way to remember the evening. The book however is not what I had imagined, with nearly all the pictures posed and very few actually taken at the O2, you even get a breakdown of what designer clothes the man is wearing for heavens sake. What happened to the raw pictures, photos that are not posed and taken after styling, make up, lighting and so on????

This is a very good album cover, it does not contain the sort of poetry and pictures I imagined and without the CD it would be a massive disappointment.

That being said if you are a fan, then you should buy this if only for the CD. Wow its seriously funky!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I went to 7 of the 21 nights shows; I was expecting to have my memories enhanced by a catalogue of photos spread out from the nights - which lets face it, very almost perfection. However, this is not the case; hardly any of the pictures are actually from the live shows.
You do get some quality pictures of the bands and lots of Prince but they are not natural pictures, more posed pictures that would fit perfectly in a publicity shoot.
You also get page after page of photos of 'Chelsea Rodgers' who maybe beautiful but is not what I went to the gigs for.

Saying that, for 13.50, with the addition of a great CD (now this does help the memories - a DVD please Prince!!), this book is beautifully presented - the book is big, certainly not produced for this budget price, so it's a must buy - even if I'd say '21 Nights' is a slightly misleading title.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not documentary photography - pointless book 4 Jan 2012
For such an expensive publication, this could have been an amazing documentary photography book or photographic diary. instead, the 21 nights in london are documented by countless (and pointless) shots of the empty rooms and corridors of the Dorchester Hotel in London.

There are no photos of London (or even Prince in London).
There are no captured intimate moments.
There are very few pictures of Prince, and the ones that are there are posed and unrelated to the 21 nights in london tour.
There are two or three photos of the stage show and they are all blurred and abstract.

During his stay in London, Prince and his entourage made numerous appearances across the capital - it seems like they left the photographer back at the hotel.
Believe it or not - the whole book looks more like a brochure for the Dorchester hotel more than anything else.

Re the CD. Really a matter of taste. It is a recording of a jam session. A lot of improvisation and nothing like the meticulously orchestrated concert itself. It does drag on a bit. Just sounds like Prince having fun with his mates. I got bored after about 15 minutes but fans might really enjoy this. After all, he is a great musician to listen to and has an awesome band.

I can't complain as i bought this book for 2 in the sale. I would be gutted if I'd paid 30
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Dodger
A great piece of Live music taken from the small night club in the 02 Arena call Indigo. It's amazing this dude plays a two hour plus set then starts all over again later the same night, Sound Quality is Perfect! Oh I nearly forgot about the book....It's O.K.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing! 22 April 2012
By mels_24
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
i bought this as part of my college research into Prince's life and absolutely love it! is a lot bigger than i thought it would be but still love it! the pictures are amazing and didn't realise you also get a cd of the '21 nights' tour so it was an added bonus!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars luton airport here we come 7 Nov 2008
By andrew
beautifully shot pictures, a treat for prince fans of his quest for perfection in life and music. Also great for the widespread availability and affordability of the book which has led previous releases to be talked about rather than held and seen. The accompanying cd is also great for the adrenaline the listening initates, can you imagine the playing! The mind of this musican also drips into the background choices, with the bedroom maids featured and also the guitar "babes" bringing much remebered "cream" days to mind again. Thank you for the excellent trip you have given us Mr.Nelson of the 21 nights London experienced in the summer of 2007.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars what a load of tosh
I may like some of his music but this is a load of self indulgent tosh, of no interest whatsoever, cant see the point of it its a big book of shiny pictures lovely quality but the... Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by P. Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price Great Item
Came cellophaned with rrp on the book at twice the price I paid for it - Great! Lovely book
Published on 2 Nov 2009 by C. Sinclair
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish there was more from the shows
Did you go to see Prince play his triumphant 21-night stay at the O2? Are you looking for a photographic record of the shows? Well, you won't find it here. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2009 by Peter Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars yep
yep my sister was very pleased to recieve this book, very well presented and packages for posting thank you
Published on 4 Feb 2009 by S. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars great gig, but why the book!?
OK, what to say about this. Any live prince gig is always worth the money, and this is no exception. The book, for me, was ridiculous. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2009 by P. Hancock
4.0 out of 5 stars Being richer than God does have it's problems.
After all, once you've got your own boat, your own country, and surrounded yourself with several hundred employees - all of whom won't tell you you're anything less than the... Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2008 by Mr. M. A. Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars PRINCE< THE MAN AND THE MUSIC.
You never quite get what you expect from Prince,but it's always worth it.This is a heavy tome,a big book full of quite fabulous photographs (as you would expect)not too many at the... Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2008 by P. Clack
5.0 out of 5 stars The true musician
I've been a Prince fan all my life. And I am grateful that I was able to attend one of his shows at the O2 in London. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2008 by M. Rauber
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR ANY PRINCE FAN
Published on 15 Oct 2008 by RIDGEBACK
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