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"Peculiar, intriguing, lyrical. An earnest vamp on Prince’s life."
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“Karlen draws from his recollections, notes and tapes, to paint an illuminating and intimate portrait of a supremely talented and complex artist.”
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Neal Karlen is a former contributing editor for Rolling Stone, Newsweek staff writer, and regular contributor to The New York Times. He is the author of Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band, and other books ranging in content from minor league baseball to fundamentalist religion to linguistics. A graduate of Brown University, he lives in his hometown of Minneapolis.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Press (October 6, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250135249
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250135247
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.3 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.55 x 1.14 x 9.54 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prince in his own words via Neal Karlen. Be ready to be surprised and moved.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 19, 2020
Finally a book which allows the reader an insight into Prince, the man "the guy". Prince fans will have read the many, many books which have been published since the untimely death of Prince in 2016. Neal Karlen's intimate book is based on the many night-late chats the two shared over three decades. Karlen is a very engaging writer, and journalist who lends his eloquent and intelligent writing to so generously share these conversations with us. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for all Prince fans but also for anyone who is interested to read about the loneliness of a great artist. This is the best book about what made Prince "tick". In my opinion it tops the list. Be ready to be surprised and moved.
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