Possessed: The Rise and Fall of "Prince" Hardcover – 1 May 2003
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Few artists have accomplished what Prince Rogers Nelson has: he has topped the R&B, pop and dance charts, he has overwhelmed musicians and critics with his seemingly endless wealth of talent, he has outraged, and he has inspired. This is a pop culture history and biography of Prince. Recollections and opinions from friends, employees and industry insiders are presented in order to place the reader right in the middle of some of Prince's recording and song writing sessions. They also relate countless and sometimes shocking details about Prince's most publicised relationships (with Kim Basinger, Carmen Elektra, Vanity and many others).
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Prince is my favourite artist and musician of all time, but i don't need to read pandering studies of him,(i already think he's perfect anyway!), what i want to know about is the real Prince. This biography leans towards the more negative aspects of the little genius, for instance his terrible treatment of his girlfriends, his blatant unwillingness to allow anyone to have any impact on his recording work, and his diva-esque temper tantrums.
This book was written when Prince was perhaps going through his most difficult period, creatively and personally. Relationships with his record company Warner Bros were coming to an unamicable end, he was expecting the birth of his first child(a tragic story in itself), his finances weren't what they used to be, resulting in Paisley Park staff being fired. There is even a hint of a suicide/cry-for-help attempt ending in a rush to hospital.
Essentially he was a legend in the process of self-destruction, again both personally and musically.
His musical out-put at this time was famously below par for a man of his standards, the fact is, he didn't let anyone become his creative filter, and he'd lost the ability to do that himself.
This is a fascinating book about the downside of 'legendary' status and musical genius. A man losing his grip at the top of the summit and sliding into a somewhat self-inflicted abyss.
Whilst written from a fairly neutral standpoint by Alex Hahn, i do still get the impression the author is a fan of Prince, just realistic about him.Read more ›
Anyway an interesting read and I did not put the book down.
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This book is very in depth and I believe the author did do his research and knew his stuff, however it is full of negativity and leads us to believe that Prince was some control... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2009 by Violet Rain
Very informative rather than insightful and entertaining - very much about Prince's career - rather than just Prince.Published on 30 Aug. 2008 by Cherryl
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