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Slave To The Rhythm [Paperback]

Liz Jones
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21 May 1998
The artist formerly known as Prince produced his first album for Warner at the age of 19 - the youngest person ever to make an album for the label. Since 1978 he has released one and sometimes two albums of new material every year up to 1996's 'Emancipation', a staggering output by the standards of today's pop superstars: over the same period Michael Jackson has released just five new albums. An incomparable writer and producer of other people's recordings ('Nothing Compares to You' by Sinead O'Connor, 'Kiss' by Tom Jones, 'I Feel for You' by Chaka Khan) Prince is a one-off. Liz Jones' biography is packed with quotes and gossipy anecdotes about a serious and important artist. No stranger to self-indulgence, Prince is also creative, sexy and funny. Jones has interviewed record company executives, other musicians and Prince and his entourage to paint the fullest portrait yet of a remarkable rockstar.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (21 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751523933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751523935
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,484,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fine study of an American original...the best book yet written on the artist formerly known as Prince (GQ)

A chilling story...leaves us with an image that it will be hard for any number of perfect pop songs to erase (SUNDAY TIMES)

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* The first biography for ten years of 'The Artist Formerly Known as Prince

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what you are looking for. 1 Jan 2003
Released in the US as "Purple Reign", this book just does not deliver the goods as far as real insight into Prince. Other reviewers state that the book is a must for die-hard fans. As a die-hard fan, I would take issue with that, as almost everything contained in the book is wideley known by anyone that has followed Prince's career. However, if your loyalty runs along the lines of, "I like Prince, Purple Rain was great!", then you may find some new information. Where the book is really disappointing though is in its delivery. It is poorly laid out and jumps back in forth between different events without advising the reader that the years have changed. Go for Per Nilsen's book if you really want to learn something about Prince.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but had the chance to be alot better. 6 Oct 2000
This book was a good read but like most Prince books contained the same old stuff, but what makes it special is the fact that Liz Jones was allowed into Paisley Parks to talk to both Prince and Mayte. It contains some intresting info about the time around the Emancipation release and death of Prince's son. Although it has been rumoured that alot of the book was just stories. It's a must have if you are a prince fan but for someone who was allowed into paisley park there really is very little that is new, and the question comes into mind how much of it is the truth. There are a number of glossy pictures in the middle potraying major eras of Prince's life nothing new though, as u would of thought Prince would of given her some never before seen photos for her book. For the price its well worth it and its a good read but be careful how muchyou actually believe and you'll probarly miss out the chapters which are about the old ie pre 1990s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my fave Prince biographies 4 Dec 2012
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I've read most of the biographies available on Prince and this is one of the ones I like the best. It's not too heavy and good for his girl fans cos it's written from a female perspective
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 1 Sep 2012
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I did not get the insight into Prince I was looking for at all. I found the book boring. The articles/interviews with him in Rolling Stone gave a lot more insight and were free. Does anyone know of any book about him that really gives one insight into his personality, mind and life stories??
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