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Prince Rogers Nelson remains one of the most popular and influential musical acts of all time. Known for his style and range, Prince’s prolific music career included an ever-evolving sound that blended pop, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and soul. Prince sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, making him one of the bestselling artists of all time. He won seven GRAMMY® Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award® for the film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Prince tragically passed away at his Paisley Park home on April 21, 2016. His legacy lives on through the timeless messages of love in his music and the countless ways his work has touched lives.

Dan Piepenbring is an advisory editor at The Paris Review and the coauthor, with Tom O’Neill, of Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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“It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Prince fanatic or if your interest is simply piqued by all things music or pop culture: The book is worth picking up. . . . The Beautiful Ones is not a read, but an experience, an immersion inside the mind of a musical genius. You are steeped in Prince’s images, his words, his essence. . . . The way the book is structured simply makes one want to read it again, to leaf through the pages and be immersed in Prince’s world. . . . The book can be a starting point for a Prince fascination, or a continuation of long-standing admiration. Either way, it will deepen the connection of any reader with the musical icon.”USA Today (★★★★ out of four stars)

“Everything Piepenbring shares about being a fan chosen to work with one of his idols resonates. . . . [He] doesn't just want to write this memoir with Prince, he wants to do it right. . . . This means we get a memoir that is written by Prince, literally. Handwritten pages he had shared with Piepenbring make up Part 1, taking us from his first memory—his mother’s eyes—through the early days of his career. . . . We also get a memoir that is carefully curated by Piepenbring, who writes that he was able to go through Paisley Park, room-by-room, sorting through Prince’s life. . . . The Beautiful Ones doesn't paint a perfect picture. . . . It’s not definitive. It can’t be. It shouldn’t be and, thankfully, it doesn’t try to be. . . . It’s up to us to take what’s there and make something out of it for ourselves, creating, just as Prince wanted.”—NPR

“[The Beautiful Ones] delivers much, much more than we had any reason to expect. . . . Prince took the project very seriously, and it shows in the work he delivered. . . . It shines an intimate and revealing light on the least-known period of his life—his childhood—which is embellished with family photos, notes and other ephemera. The book does not scrimp on detail: Prince’s handwritten manuscript, rendered in his famously precise cursive script . . . is reproduced in full. . . . The initial segment of that closing section is one of the most fascinating parts of the book: a reproduction of a photo album, with captions by a presumably young Prince, containing a couple dozen pictures from his trip to California to record his debut album, ranging from shots of him in the studio to candids of him and his friends. . . . The Beautiful Ones brings so much new information to light that it’s hard to imagine anyone being disappointed.”Variety

“[The Beautiful Ones] is an affirmation of Prince’s Blackness and humanity. . . . The memoir is a ‘handbook for the brilliant community, wrapped in autobiography, wrapped in biography’—and thus, it’s an inspiration. . . . Prince writes about his childhood with clarity and poetic flair, effortlessly combining humorous anecdotes with deep self-reflection and musical analysis. . . . Prince is one of us—he just worked to manifest dreams that took him from the North Side of Minneapolis to the Super Bowl. [The book] encourages us to tap into our power to design the lives we envision for ourselves and set a precedent for future generations to do the same.”HuffPost --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07QQMJM4L
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ One World (October 29, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 29, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 266505 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 278 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book - Prince seeps through every page
By D. Reed on October 29, 2019
The book arrived shrink-wrapped in plastic, preserving its gorgeous, high quality, textured cover and thick glossy pages. It's packed with photos including pages of his diary and songs in his own hand.

Easy to flip through or read cover-to-cover, it's clear that between the frank honesty, humor, and style, Prince seeps through every page. You're gonna know and love him even more after you pour over this richly annotated, curious exploration of Prince's life, thoughts, and images.

A unique and very artistic book, as you'd expect and hope for, given, you know... Prince.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring, Yet Painful Read
By C.C. Chapman on October 29, 2019
This is a quick read, but you won't quickly forget how it makes you feel. As a fan, it was amazing to see Prince's handwritten notes, lyrics, and memories. But, also as a fan, it is painful to imagine how amazing this memoir would have been if he had lived long enough to complete it. The vision he had for everything was on a whole other level than us mere mortals and I wished we had been able to see the finished product. Any lover of music, creativity or Prince will love this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heart breaking
By TerriT.13 on November 11, 2019
HUGE Prince fan..grew up & am a Minnesota girl..was in Purple Rain..but,like so much since his death..especially having seen him as a local..I was heartbroken by this book..hard to read, does not flow and doesnt really tell a story from his point of view..😥💜💔
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3.0 out of 5 stars Keine Biographie - aber ein schöner Tribut
Reviewed in Germany on November 2, 2019
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Thomas Oertel
4.0 out of 5 stars Für einen Prince-Fan zu empfehlen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any fan of Prince
Reviewed in Canada on December 6, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the photos alone
Reviewed in Canada on December 29, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comovente e sedutor como o biografado.
Reviewed in Brazil on December 12, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comovente e sedutor como o biografado.
Reviewed in Brazil on December 12, 2019
Edição primorosa e repleta de manuscritos, rascunhos e fotos inéditas do maior gênio musical dos últimos tempos.
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