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There are many important facts included. The writing could have been better and less repetitive. The book is weighed down by the author's preoccupation with race. Indeed from the very first sentence it begins. He "admits" to being white, and throughout the book he appears to be ashamed of that fact. He especially has little regard for "old white men". I'm not sure that anyone should use such a wide brush in categorizing any group. Seems to do little to inspire racial harmony. This is sad because Prince was ultimately an extremely unifying artist. His FAQ book deserved better.
Rather than telling Prince’s story strictly chronologically, like a biography, the book reads as a series of in-depth lists that provide background, insight and trivia about the topics fans are most interested in. This is how the FAQ book series works in general, but this one is done particularly well. In addition to comprehensive sections on influences, proteges, peripheral artists, collaborators and other associated artists and acts, the book has in-depth info about Prince’s releases—including very obscure ones and specifically lists which releases with same titles feature different versions, mixes, etc.
I never realized that ‘Arthur Lizie’s opinion’ was a frequently asked question about Prince. Besides the inaccuracies, you have to deal with the author's unwarranted opinions throughout. This is the first book I've ever read in the FAQ series, so I don't know if it's common for the author's opinion to appear in the books, but if it is, they have to change the name of this series of books immediately. There are good things about this book, but the problematic aspects of it are too big for me to ignore.