The 40 years of “Purple Rain”, album and film that consecrated Prince

The 40 years of “Purple Rain”, album and film that consecrated Prince
The 40 years of “Purple Rain”, album and film that consecrated Prince

Born Roger Nelson on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Prince had been nourished by the moods of the city’s bubbling underground music scene since he was a boy. Warner had spotted him right away, signing him at just 19 years old, and at 26 he would arrive with “Purple Rain”, an album selling 13 million copies in a year, capable of also winning the Oscar for the soundtrack of the film which has the same title as the album. Although life as a star began very early, it was anything but simple for the artist, also due to a conflict with the recording industry whose tone grew over the years until it resulted in the open war that brought him to break billion-dollar contracts and to repudiate his name by presenting himself as Tafkap (The Artist Formerly Known as Prince) or a simple symbol. There has been no shortage of sudden stylistic turns, flops and astonishing artistic resurrections. In between unattainable peaks like “Sign O’ The Times”. The explosive artist on stage was counterbalanced by the reserved man in life. In his Minneapolis villa he had built Paisley Park Studios, three recording rooms that were considered one of the wonders of the world of recorded music. For years he has talked about the thousands of unreleased songs kept in the studios.

 
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