“I guess he’s better off than he was before, a whole lot better off than the fools he left here.” — Prince, “Sometimes It Snows In April”
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death. Equally mysterious, an enigma, and a prodigy, Prince changed the face of music. He continues to influence musicians, artists, and writers well beyond his untimely passing.
The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince by Mayte Garcia
I’ve been anticipating this book for months! Released just in time for the one-year anniversary, Garcia’s memoir offers a one-of-a-kind glimpse into Prince’s private and professional life. Mayte shares what it was like being Prince’s wife, the challenges of their relationship, and the tragedy that drove them apart. Truly a touching, candid, and eye-opening memoir.
Prince: Purple Reign by Mick Wall
A “casual” biography, complete with transcripts of Prince’s last moments. Wall’s book is a fast read and solid general biography for readers new to Prince. For me, it was a nice refresher to Prince’s life and offered some context into the circumstances, rumors, and reactions surrounding his death.
I devoured Touré’s eclectic portrait of Prince as musician, composer, and pop star who is part “hypersexual trickster” part “bada## [pop music] preacher.” Focusing less as a standard Prince biography and more on how Prince’s music merges the spiritual with the profane, Touré shapes Prince’s struggles, persona, and obsession within the greater context of Generation X’s own social ideas, conflicts and disillusionment, and redemption.
What better way to experience Prince than through his music? Stream it directly through Hoopla. As a fan, one of my favorite things to do is to take a Prince musical journey. I start with his first album, For You and listen through each of his progressive albums to hear how his style shifts (sometimes dramatically) from album to album.