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On Time: A Princely Life in Funk Kindle Edition
"Great book! Great storytelling!" -LENNY KRAVITZ
"Lean, slick, cooler than Santa Claus, and surprisingly tender, this book not only traces Day's history in Minneapolis funk, but doubles as an intimate recollection of his time with Prince." -BEN GREENMAN, author of Dig If You Will The Picture
Brilliant composer, smooth soul singer, killer drummer, and charismatic band leader, Morris Day has been a force in American music for the past four decades. In On Time, the renowned funkster looks back on a life of turbulence and triumph, chronicling his creative process with an explosive prose that mirrors his intoxicating music.
A major theme throughout the book is Morris's enduring friendship and musical partnership with Prince, from their early days on the Minneapolis scene to selling out stadiums and duking it out as rivals in Purple Rain. Eventually, Morris went on to release four albums with a new band of his very own, The Time; however, before long, increasing tensions between the two performers set them down separate paths. Through the years, the fierce brotherly love between Morris and Prince kept bringing them back together-until pride, ego, and circumstance interfered. Two months before Prince's untimely death, the two finally started to make amends. But Morris never could have imagined it would be the last time he'd ever see his friend again.
"[An] entertaining memoir... fans of Prince - and The Time - will be thrilled with this insider view."―Publishers Weekly
"An enticing read... [L]argely a memoir but also, in part, an entertaining commentary."―Soul Tracks
"What if Prince came back and he and Morris got down to settling old scores and giving away secrets? Morris makes it happen, and I devoured this great book!"―Paul Shaffer, author of We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives
"What time is it? It's time for everyone to read Morris Day's memoir. Lean, slick, cooler than Santa Claus, and surprisingly tender, the book not only traces Day's history in Minneapolis funk, but doubles as an intimate recollections of his time with Prince."―Ben Greenman, author of Dig If You Will The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince
"A breezy, hard-to-put-down book."―Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"[Day]'s quite a vivid storyteller and the Day/Prince interplay not only works, but it keeps things moving forward. At times, it's a challenge to put On Time down."―Twin Cities Pioneer Press
"A vital, illuminating and wildly entertaining autobiography."―Billboard
"Fortunately, Morris Day's memoir arrives in the same month as his old friend's. Day grew up a few blocks from Prince and played drums in his first band. The two remained close for decades...Day's book has him in conversation with Prince's ghost, arguing about how to tell the story, and gives us details about Prince that he never got to tell his memoirist...Day has a front-row seat for the life of one of the greatest musicians of all time and his book is a worshipful telling of what Prince's rise looked like from his vantage."―New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07PCS6YKK
- Publisher : Da Capo Press (October 8, 2019)
- Publication date : October 8, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 17108 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 225 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #316,307 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Funkatopia has a great interview with Chris Moon on Soundcloud; Chris even talks about recording Champagne's demo (when he first met Prince). Owen Husney has You Tube interviews, and has written the excellent book, 'Famous People Who've Met Me: A Memoir by the Man Who Discovered Prince'. Chris Moon cowrote Soft and Wet, on Prince's 1st album.
Per Nilsen's book 'Dance Music Sex Romance, Prince: The First Decade' goes into great detail about it all -- Prince quit Champagne to work with Chris Moon, and his exit wasn't pretty. Morris leaves all of this out of his book.
Prince was a once in a lifetime artist. His unprecedented Warners contract where he was given 3-albums and full control in the studio is an important part of his legacy.
By William E. on October 15, 2019
On time: A Princely Life in Funk is the story of how Morris Day’s friendship and association with Prince shaped his career and his life. From the days over in North MPLS, to the hard dues-paying funk of Grand Central, to the inception of The Time, the reader sees the legendary makings of Prince, along with his most famous protege/muse. With David Ritz’s ghostwriting, both he and Morris Day take an interesting, albeit weird approach to incorporating Prince in the story: By Morris Day channeling Prince’s spirit.
It’s a great idea, in theory. Unfortunately it doesn’t work well in an autobiography of a person who’s persona was MADE by Prince, a career helped by Prince, and who’s musical direction was influenced by Prince. For any other autobiography it would work, but not with this one. Instead, it came across as how Morris Day probably felt all of his life: As if he stood behind Prince’s shadow. Like he always did.
And that’s very much how the book looks and feels, and sums up a lot of Morris Day’s true feelings. Like someone who resents the older brother being the favorite. Of someone who appreciates being associated with a legend yet is bitter he wasn’t as legendary. HE would have been a star had Prince not gone behind Grand Central’s back and got the record deal. HE was an underrated protege at the mercy of an arrogant taskmaster. HE never got the acclaim he so rightfully deserved because unbeknownst to the world, HE was a good as Prince. Bitterness makes you delusional.
Truthfully, Morris lacked the genius, drive, talent, and presence that Prince had. Even if he wanted it he just didn’t have it, and that’s why Prince’s spirit comes across as a nagging voice in Morris Day’s head. It IS the nagging voice. I love The Time. Love Prince. Heck, I even love Morris Day. But I don’t love this book.
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This book was an autobiography of sorts, but really it was Morris wanting to talk about the friend he knew and, you could tell, missed. I found Morris's life interesting - he is the first person I know that parent's did what mine did (swapped husbands). He was candid and open about the things he has struggled with, including women, and especially being a good father.
But what makes this book unique is how he dealt with the Prince side of the book - he wrote it with Prince inside his head. He imagined Prince's responses to what he was saying and writing, and in some ways this book was like being privy to a conversation between them. In a way it invoked Prince's spirit, and is the first book I have read where I felt his presence. And at the end, I was moved to tears when Morris wrote about their last meet up. I felt Morris' pain at the loss of Prince.
I also liked how he separated the two parts of himself, the ego/performer and the true him inside, and wrote his ego self also as someone who was critiquing and observing the things he was saying. He also writes as he speaks with his own terminology and it was like I could hear his voice in my head. Both things added humour - which Morris is all about - and helped the reader to understand some of the things the author had gone through.
I loved this book and it will definitely be a potential re-read - and not just for the pictures.
I was a Prince fan from around the time of the 1999 album. Then I saw Purple Rain and there were The Time, on screen, throwing shapes that made Prince's band look like statues.
Prince had manufactured their first album and told Morris Day to pull a band together to promote it. They ended up with a prominent role as THE SERIOUS COMPETITION to The Kid's band (The Revolution) and the rivalry in the Purple Rain film is arch comedy and pathos and everything all in one place. Morris Day had a KILLER band, personality for 10,000 miles and songs to die for.
Prince being Prince - he sort of gets a voice in this book - as imagined by Morris Day and their imagined conversations are quite revealing as to Prince's character. Morris also talks to 'himself' his addictive personality 'MD' to examine his romances with women, drugs and music.
Prince being Prince, he held onto The Time as tour mates, supported them, realised their their immense potential, put them in a sequel to the Purple Rain film.... and then cruelly jerked them around in the most horrendous ways, tried to get them to sign up as Jehovah's Witnesses and cut off contact with them.
Morris had a brief reunion with Prince before his untimely and extremely sad passing. He only speaks of him with love and respect, though severe frustration and utter bafflement with him do creep in at times.
This book stands with Dennis Dunaway's autobiography and Lise Lyng Falkenberg's book with Don Powell of Slade, as one of the most searingly honest self examinations of a musician's life that I have read.
Morris' fans will love it. Prince fans will either love it or hate it.
What would Prince think? "What does it matter if U love it?"
If you really want to know Morris's story - and his side of the story of his friendship with Prince - it's worth a look, but I found it to be a very frustrating read.
At first I was afraid the part with "Prince spirit" talking would make it weird but it's the opposite, It makes it quite original, never boring.
I'd put it up there in my top four Prince-ish books along with Tudahl's masterpiece "The Purple Rain era sessions", Alex Hahn's "Possessed" and Mayte's "The Most Beautiful".