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The Wit & Wisdom Of Prince Rogers Nelson

Comment by Bill Holdship, Creem, July 1985

HE'S DEFINITELY AN American superstar – one of the most important of the '80s – and his ascent still appears to be just above ground ...

Prince: The Best of the Patchy Years

Guide by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, February 1997

IN MANY WAYS the ultimate ‘80s self-made man, Prince spent the decade inventing and reinventing himself. The scope of the man’s ambition was mindboggling; the ...

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Prince: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, November 1979

IT MUST BE A daunting prospect for anyone to make his or her performing debut, save for a couple of hometown Minneapolis tuneups, before an ...

Prince: A Dirty Mind Comes Clean

Interview by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, June 1981

WHO IS THE REAL Prince, anyway? The flashy, high-energy black pop star with the Stratocaster wearing Iggy Pop's underwear? Or the pleasant, soft-spoken fellow who ...

Prince: Strutting With The New Soul Monarch

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1981

THIS FELLOW sitting across the table from me in an uptown Manhattan Holiday Inn room may be a Prince but he ain't no Charlie.   ...

Prince: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, June 1981

HISTORY SHOWS us the horrible roster of agonising tortures which the human mind has devised in pursuit of the ultimate cautionary pain: bodies roasted over braziers, heads ...

Prince: Controversy (Warner Bros)

Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, November 1981

SOME DAY MY PRINCE WILL COME... ...

Prince: 1999 (Warner Bros.)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, February 1983

DRESSED TO FUNK 

 ...

Prince: A Second Coming Thru Purple Haze

Report by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, April 1983

A MONTH ago, in Minneapolis, mecca of absence, I had time on my hands – all over my body, actually – to consider the idea ...

Prince: Someday Your Prince Will Come

Essay by Carol Cooper, Face, The, June 1983

THE THING TO BEAR IN MIND is that Prince does not do interviews. He certainly didn't do this one, nor any of a dozen others ...

Eleganza: The Best-Dressed List

Column by John Mendelsohn, Creem, September 1983

THERE ARE absolutes in fashion. For instance, flare-legged trousers are absolutely more flattering to the vast majority of people than straight-legged trousers, since they make ...

Prince: Purple Rain

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, August 1984

THE PROBLEM with major league soul is not a lack of 'good' music. What has been lost is the ability, possibly the desire, to make ...

Prince: Purple Rain (15)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, August 1984

PRINCE loves to pout. To press together his moist, full lips while throwing a sulky, sensuous stare with his big eyes. Even more, he loves ...

Prince's Purple Rain: 'Scuse Me While I Get Some Popcorn

Report and Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, September 1984

PRINCE...IT'S A great name, isn't it? It's a great name for a dog. It's a great name for spaghetti on Wednesday night. It's a great ...

Prince: Detroit My Name Is Prince And I've Come To Play With You

Report by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, November 1984

Smoke bombs explode, fabulously exciting multi-coloured confetti rains from the rafters, The Revolution are playing 'Let's Go Crazy' and Prince is twirling round and round. ...

Prince & The Revolution: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit

Live Review by Bill Holdship, New Musical Express, December 1984

IT TOOK The Star over 55 minutes to make his grand entrance following new paramour Sheila E's rhythmically exciting but lightweight opening set. The lights ...

Prince: Around the World in a Day

Review by Biba Kopf, New Musical Express, May 1985

The Return Of The Acid Reign ...

Prince: Around The World In A Day

Review by Max Bell, Times, The, June 1985

PRINCE, THE CURRENT court jester of American hippy soul, once wrote a song called 'Ronnie, Talk To Russia', a good message number that indicated this ...

Prince: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, March 1986

GET A load of this guy. Five-foot-two in high heels, his tight black toreador pants stretch up to a fraction above his crack, hence a ...

Prince: Parade (Original Soundtrack - Under The Cherry Moon)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, April 1986

I TOOK 'Kiss' as a signal that we were being ushered back into the compressed, airtight funkworld of Dirty Mind. Didn't flip over the song ...

Prince Strips Down: Parade

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, April 1986

WHO BUT PRINCE fills us today with the kind of anticipation we once reserved for new work by Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling ...

Pepe Willie: "See, Me And Prince Had A Deal..."

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, July 1986

IN THE MID-'70s, Pepe Willie — a New York writer, musician and producer — went into the Cook House Studio in Minneapolis with two teenaged ...

Thinking Of Babylon, Dreaming Of Prince

Essay by J. Kordosh, Creem, July 1986

TO SOME, HE is The Kid. To others he is The Minneapolis Genius. To others still, he's That Guy Who Ripped Me Off On That Last Tour Playing Condensed Songs ...

Prince: The Flesh And The Soul

Live Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, August 1986

Prince And The Revolution: Wembley Arena, London ...

Prince: Under The Cherry Moon

Film/DVD/TV Review by Bruce Dessau, Blitz, September 1986

THE PRINCELY PROCEEDINGS commence with a scene of such steamily symbolic eroticism you almost expect the censor's stamp to come crashing through the screen. ...

Prince: Sign O' The Times

Review by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, June 1987

Prince isn't a star, he's an event. And so is the release of his new double LP. Paolo Hewitt is let to the subterranean bunker ...

Wendy & Lisa: Revolt Into Style

Interview by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, August 1987

WENDY & LISA USED TO BE PART OF PRINCE'S REVOLUTION. NOW THEY'RE STORMING THE BARRICADES WITH A SOLO CAREER. PURPLE RAIN OR JUST A DAMP ...

Prince: Lovesexy (Paisley Park)

Review by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, May 1988

"The best pop music does not reflect events so much as it absorbs them".– Greil Marcus on Sly Stone's There's A Riot Goin' On ...

Prince’s Crown Starts to Slip: Love Sexy

Review by David Toop, Sunday Times, May 1988

It is difficult these days to find a pop musician who enjoys general critical euphoria, but for the past few years Prince has escaped the ...

Match of the Fey: Prince and Michael Jackson

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, July 1988

PRINCE BEGGED an interviewer seven years ago: "Just don’t compare me to Michael Jackson." Few could then have guessed there would ever be a need ...

Prince/Michael Jackson/Luther Vandross: Live at the Capital Centre

Review by Geoffrey Himes, Columbia Flier , October 1988

BOTH PRINCE and Michael Jackson came to the Capital Centre last week for a showdown between the two reigning giants of rock'n'soul. Appearing in the ...

Prince: Graffiti Bridge

Review by Tim Riley, Boston Phoenix, The, 1990

Take it to the bridge — Prince's funky graffiti ...

Prince: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Elliott, Sounds, June 1990

His Royal Altogetherness: America's most famous surrogate Royal arrived in Britain last week to take up a 20-night residency in the country's arenas. His luggage contained ...

Prince: Sleazy Grandeur

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, July 1990

He began making records as a control-fixated 18-year-old studio rat from Minneapolis. Ten albums later Prince had become the definitive pop icon of the '80s. ...

Prince: Music From The Graffiti Bridge

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, October 1990

THE GRAFFITI BRIDGE of the title being Prince's scheduled-for-August-but-yet-to-be-finished feature film. ...

Prince & The New Power Generation: Diamonds And Pearls (Paisley Park/Warner Brothers)

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, October 1991

THERE WAS a time when Prince seemed to be the vital force acting on pop music's zeitgeist. A wily provocateur, the greatest singles artist of ...

Prince: Diamonds & Pearls

Review by Robert Sandall, Q, November 1991

THESE ARE TESTING times for little PR Nelson. His Graffiti Bridge movie, due out last autumn, has never been publicly shown, and the accompanying double ...

Prince: Nuremberg Power Generation

Report and Interview by Betty Page, New Musical Express, June 1992

There's a little guy in there somewhere… As PRINCE powers into Europe with yet another all-singing, all-dancing, all-peach sex-spectacle, experienced Prince-hound BETTY PAGE takes up ...

Prince: The Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia

Review and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1992

"I DIDN'T really notice Prince till he walked through the schoolyard one day wearing just an open trench coat and a pair of underpants," says ...

Prince and The New Power Generation: 0{+>

Review by David Sinclair, Q, November 1992

APPARENTLY UNAFFECTED by his elevation to executive status at Warner Brothers Records, Prince bounces back with yet another 75 minutes' worth of music celebrating his ...

Prince: Crazy Place, Crazy Guy

Report by Mat Snow, Q, December 1992

LIKE SO MUCH in life, the reality of Paisley Park proves a little different from the ad. Where is the laughing girl on the see-saw ...

The Jam & Lewis Story, Part 1: Flyte of Fantasy

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, December 1992

To mark the tenth anniversary of Jam & Lewis's ultra-successful Flyte Tyme Productions, Jeff Lorez flew to Minneapolis and spoke to Jimmy Jam for more than eight hours over two ...

Prince: The Land of Paisley

Report and Interview by Mark Petracca, Creem, January 1993

As I reach the threshold of the mighty warrior, i feel a shudder pass through me. My self-worth is at stake. My shoes are too ...

Prince: Birmingham National Indoor Arena

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, August 1993

THE TINY FIGURE in silky lemon and black trouser-suit and Spanish heels is talking. ...

Prince & The New Power Generation/Mavis Staples/The Steeles: Wembley Arena and Bagley's Warehouse, King's Cross Freight Depot, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, September 1993

THE MAN KNOWS no bounds. Having already performed a half hour show for the BBC that morning, Prince was intent on ending his European tour ...

Prince Talks To Q: 'I Am Normal!'

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, July 1994

Pleased to meet you... Hope you've guessed my name. For the first time since God alone knows when, the artist formerly known as Prince talks ...

Essential Guide To "Explicit" Albums

Guide by Stephen Dalton, Vox, August 1994

Back in 1985, one seemingly harmless song led a woman to take unprecedented action against the American recording industry. Thanks to her moral crusade, albums ...

Prince: Come (Warner Bros.)/1-800-New-Funk (NPG/Bellmark)

Review by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, The, August 1994

IF YOU HEAR the sound of a gauntlet slapping the floor, it’s only the echo of Come (Warner Bros.) and 1-800-New-Funk (NPG/Bellmark) hitting the racks ...

Prince: Come (Warner Bros.)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1994

OK, PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR A SHOCK. PRINCE'S new album – a last gasp from his 16-year career on Warner Brothers – is about sex. It ...

Prince: Come (WEA)

Review by Gavin Martin, Vox, September 1994

THIS IS THE last ever album to be released by 'Prince' before he metamorphoses, full time, into a 'Symbol', and it reeks of salacious sex, ...

Prince: The Legendary Black Album (Warners 9362-45793-2)

Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, December 1994

BETWEEN THE critically revered Sign O' The Times and the underrated psychedelic funk feast of Lovesexy came The Black Album, withdrawn from release by Prince ...

Prince: Slave To The Rhythm

Report by Pete Paphides, Time Out, March 1995

Prince has always been a bit weird, but lately he seems to have lost it completely. He's changed his name to 0+>, declared war on ...

And The Bland Played On: The Artist Formerly Known As Prince: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, March 1995

THIS could be bad. Why? ...

Prince: The Gold Experience

Review by Carol Cooper, Rolling Stone, November 1995

With this LP, our former Prince turns in his most effortlessly eclectic set since 1987’s Sign O’ The Times. ...

Prince

Interview by David Sinclair, Times, The, July 1996

THE MAN WITH the most celebrated identity crisis in pop is installed on the 48th floor of a Manhattan hotel. The lift goes up so ...

Prince: Chaos and Disorder

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, August 1996

ALTERNATIVE TITLE: GROINHEAD GOES TO FLORIDA. A sort of musical honeymoon, one presumes: flushed with post-nuptial bliss after snatching mighty Mayte, the abdominal show-woman ...

Liberated: Prince: Emancipation ****

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, January 1997

: new label, old work rate ...

Prince: Emancipation

Review by Paul Trynka, MOJO, January 1997

One hundred and eighty! Minutes that is. The Artist Formerly Known As Prince gets out of his contract in triplicate. Paul Trynka, the writer formerly ...

Prince: Inside the Enigma

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, February 1997

"I am not a woman, I am not a man/I am something that you’ll never understand..." ...

Prince: The Purple Gang

Retrospective and Interview by Marc Weingarten, MOJO, February 1997

Outside the studio he was reticent. Inside he became the most ambitious, audacious auteur of the '80s. Marc Weingarten talks to his key collaborators to ...

18 Questions for THE ARTIST (still generally known as Prince)

Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, August 1998

How did you spend your 40th birthday? ...

Prince: The Artist Formerly Known As Successful

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 1998

He wriggled away From Warners and the quality control went West. He swopped Prince for Victor for Slave for O(+>) and the fans just couldn't ...

The Artist: Emancipated Slave

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

"I have dreams of angels holding notes indefinitely in perfect pitch and you don’t want it to stop because if it does you’re dead!" The ...

Prince: Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, January 2000

Guest star-filled major label return for the man who may yet be regal again. ...

An Interview with the Prince formerly known as The Artist

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 2000

First, a caveat. ...

Prince: The Rainbow Children (Redline Import) **

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, February 2002

SQUIGGLE GOES cosmo-Biblical. ...

Prince: Royal Blush

Profile by Sean O'Hagan, Observer, The, April 2004

LAST WEEKEND, tickets for the opening show of Prince's American arena tour, his first in nearly a decade, were changing hands over the internet for ...

Prince: The Artist Formerly Known As

Interview by Anthony DeCurtis, Word, The, August 2004

Prince has dumped the "glyph", reverted to his real name, expunged the profanities from his set-list and now apologises for his past megalomaniac excess — ...

The Special One: The Return of Prince

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, February 2006

This is a previously unpublished version of a cover story for the Observer Music Monthly. ...

Prince: 3121

Review by Carol Cooper, Village Voice, The, May 2006

IN HIS LONG-AGO heyday Prince complimented Kid Creole's backup girls by admiring how Adriana Kaegi "used every beat of the music in her choreography." Evidence ...

Prince at the Super Bowl: A Preview

Report by Evelyn McDonnell, Times Herald-Record, February 2007

WHEN PRINCE sat down with the producers of Super Bowl XLI entertainment to make his pitch for playing the halftime show, he had done his ...

Prince Papers The House

Comment by Phil Sutcliffe, Yahoo! Music, July 2007

THAT PRINCE CHAP, he does like to lob a spanner in the music-industry works. It's record shop chains he's upset this time. They're calling him ...

Prince

Profile by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 2007

PRINCE JUST stood the music industry on its ear again. You can tell because they're saying he's gone barmy, just like they did when he ...

Purple Drain: Is It Time to Give Up on the Prince We All Want?

Comment by Paul Yamada, Rock's Backpages, April 2009

ON THE FINAL Sunday of March 2009, Prince released a 3-CD set. Two of the albums are his music with his band; the other is ...

Prince: "I'm a musician. And I am music"

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2011

RINGTONES ARE EVIL. Islamic countries are fun. The internet is like "a carjacking", where there are no boundaries. Prince on being pop's "loving tyrant" ...

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