Prince: The Last Interview and Other Conversations

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Prince: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by Prince

Non-Fiction

Melville House | March 12, 2019

3/5 Stars

 

A collection of the very first, the very last, and the very best interviews conducted with Prince over his nearly 40-year career.

There is perhaps no musician who has had as much influence on the sound of contemporary American music than Prince. His pioneering compositions brought a variety of musical genres into a singular funky and virtuosic sound. In this remarkable collection, and with his signature mix of seduction and demur, the late visionary reflects on his artistry, identity, and the sacrifices and soul-searching it took to stay true to himself.

My Review

This was an interesting contemplation of different interviews and conversations that Prince has had throughout the years. Every interview is broken up by title and the respected writer with the year and location it took place. I liked that it was written this way because it was easy to read and follow. The interviews themselves are separated by the interviewer’s questions and Prince’s responses, leaving out any room for confusion. I learned a lot, certainly not everything, about Prince in these two hundred pages.

 Prince was a pretty straight-forward man who didn’t offer up much information to those he wasn’t close to. Playing multiple instruments by the age of thirteen and recording music at only eighteen, Prince was someone people wanted to know about. People were skeptical of his edgy and sexual lyrics, but that didn’t stop them from wanting to know more about the man behind them. Prince would often tease interviews by saying things like he had no idea what they were talking about and that all music is interpreted by the listener. I can remember when I was younger and asking my mom what the song Purple Rain was about and she told me it was about whatever I thought it was about. Of course, I was confused then, but I get it now. I would recommend this book to any Prince fan or anyone who loves learning about people.

Thank you, Edelweiss and Melville House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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