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Good nuggets of info, if you can dig to find them
Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2012
First, let's get the worst out of the way: This is probably the worst-written book I've ever read. Worse, it appears to be completely unedited and unproofread. So, be prepared for dozens of misspellings, run-on sentences, bad grammar, and quotes that often read like stream-of-consciousness rambling -- virtually on every single page. (For example, every single "like" is included verbatim in the quotes he uses, becoming tiresome very quickly.) I've never read a published book -- even a self-published book -- that is so poorly presented. The subject deserves better.
That said, if you're interested in some behind-the-scenes stories of Prince's work in the studio, there are some interesting bits here. I've read much more informative takes on, say, the recording of "Kiss," in professional recording magazines. But this book is more comprehensive than that. And the author does try to walk the line between information of interest to Prince fans versus the more-technical information that is especially useful for recording engineers/producers. I wish the "author" (sorry, I can't bear to call him a writer) had erred more in favor of the latter group, but I might be in the minority there. But he does allow a lot of repetition and not-that-interesting info to fill space that could have been devoted to more substantive interviews.
In short, if the topic interests you, this is, unfortunately, probably the best book out there at the moment. (Especially given how private Prince is.) But, man, I wish it were so much better.