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James Donaldson’s Book Review – Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain by Alan Light

Wow, can you believe this is the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain’s release?

I’ve been a Prince fan since his very first albums, “For You” and “Prince” and I’ve got all of his albums (vinyl even) in my collection. Because he was such a multi talented performer, who could play just about every musical instrument, sing with the best of them, and among the all-time great dance steps, Prince was a favorite of mine throughout his career.

Purple Rain is widely considered to be among the most important albums in music history and is often named the best soundtrack of all time. It sold over a million copies in its first week and blasted to number one on the charts, where it would remain for a full six months and eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide. It spun off three huge hit singles, won Grammys and an Oscar, and took Prince from pop star to legend.

Of course, the world was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing last year, which even further strengthened his legacy.

The Author, Alan Light, shows in this wonderful book, impeccable research and in-depth interviews with people who witnessed Prince’s audacious vision becoming a reality.

Fantastic reading, and even though it doesn’t shed much new light on Prince’s mysterious and somewhat shy personality, it’s great to hear the interviews and the voices of so many of the people who were along for the journey. The author interviewed performers such as Wendy and Lisa, Morris Day and the Time, Sheila E, and the behind the scenes look of the filming of the movie, Purple Rain.

Enjoy this great book!

 

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