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Possessed: The Rise and Fall of "Prince" Hardcover – 1 May 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Billboard Books,U.S. (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823077489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823077489
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,197,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
Where most biographies are written by fans of the subject, and therefore paint them predominatly in a positive light, this Prince one doesn't shy away from depictions of a man who essentially is a control freak.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
This was a briliant insight into the mysterious world of Prince. I have read many books about him, but none seem to have got close to revealing his true personality. This did, a throughly enjoyable book. The authour seemed to have spoken to people who really knew or know him,because he was not always portryed in a positive light.
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I have read nearly everything that is ever written about Prince since 1984. Alex is right Prince did fall of his chair since 1988. The book is quite negative but it gives an insight into a person who by the accounts of the book is egocentric and basically a control freak. Don't get me wrong Prince is a genius but through the years of abuse, driven to extreme studio recording and touring Prince has dried up and lost his creative juices. The book is an interesting read and a must for any die-hard Prince fan. But the book will not go indepth into unreleased studio recordings.
Anyway an interesting read and I did not put the book down.
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