NAMED ONE OF THE BEST MUSIC BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE GUARDIAN NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD
Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of Uptown to the mythical landscape of Purple Rain to the psychedelia of Paisley Park. But his most ambitious creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, one of the greatest pop stars of any era.
The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince s early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince s evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book s fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain the final stage in Prince s self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey.
The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring s riveting and moving introduction about his profound collaboration with Prince in his final months a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he d so carefully cultivated and annotations that provide context to the book s images.
This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original and energizing literary work in its own right, full of Prince s ideas and vision, his voice and image his undying gift to the world.
- Verlag: Penguin Random House
- Seitenzahl: 279
- Erscheinungstermin: 29. Oktober 2019
- Abmessung: 238mm x 164mm x 38mm
- Gewicht: 890g
- ISBN-13: 9780399589652
- ISBN-10: 0399589651
- Artikelnr.: 56502996
Dieses Buch tut weh. Weil es nicht fertig wurde. Und weil es so, wie es jetzt erscheint, nur den Verlust noch größer macht, ganz gleich, wie gut es auch geworden ist. Aber Prince ist am 21. April 2016 an einer Schmerzmittelüberdosis gestorben, mit nur 57 Jahren. Seit es Popmusik gibt, hat die Welt nur eine Handvoll anderer Leute erlebt, die so singen, schreiben, spielen konnten wie er. Prince starb nur kurze Zeit, nachdem er die Arbeit an seiner Autobiographie begonnen hatte, die jetzt also als Fragment erscheint: "The Beautiful Ones", eine Sammlung mehr oder weniger fertiger Texte, transkribiert oder als Faksimile seiner eigenen melodiösen Handschrift. Dazu kommen Fotos, viele aus den ganz frühen Jahren in Minneapolis, dann das Exposé zu einem Film, aus dem "Purple Rain" wurde, das Storyboard zum Video von "Kiss" - lauter Zeugnisse seiner Manierismen: (Zum Beispiel, dass er immer "U" für "you" schrieb und für "I" ein Auge malte; die deutsche Übersetzung hält sich daran, was das Lesen nicht leichter macht, aber was tut man nicht alles für Nachrichten von Prince.) Dieser Wunsch, noch das Letzte dem eigenen Style und Begehren zu unterwerfen, und wenn es nur Buchstaben sind: Das scheint Prince gewesen zu sein. "Für mich bricht die Musik, die ich mache, keine Gesetze", hat er seinem Co-Autor Dan Piepenbring gesagt, der jetzt das nachgelassene Material kommentiert hat. "Ich schreibe in Harmonie." Und die Gesetze dafür selbst.
Prince: "The Beautiful Ones". Übersetzt von Claudia Wuttke und Eike Schönfeld. Heyne, 304 Seiten, 32 Euro
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Everything Piepenbring shares about being a fan chosen to work with one of his idols resonates. . . . [He] doesn't just want to write this memoir with Prince, he wants to do it right. . . . This means we get a memoir that is written by Prince, literally. Handwritten pages he had shared with Piepenbring make up Part 1, taking us from his first memory his mother s eyes through the early days of his career. . . . We also get a memoir that is carefully curated by Piepenbring, who writes that he was able to go through Paisley Park, room-by-room, sorting through Prince s life. . . . The Beautiful Ones doesn't paint a perfect picture. . . . It s not definitive. It can t be. It shouldn t be and, thankfully, it doesn t try to be. . . . It s up to us to take what s there and make something out of it for ourselves, creating, just as Prince wanted. NPR
[The Beautiful Ones] delivers much, much more than we had any reason to expect. . . . Prince took the project very seriously, and it shows in the work he delivered. . . . It shines an intimate and revealing light on the least-known period of his life his childhood which is embellished with family photos, notes and other ephemera. The book does not scrimp on detail: Prince s handwritten manuscript, rendered in his famously precise cursive script . . . is reproduced in full. . . . The initial segment of that closing section is one of the most fascinating parts of the book: a reproduction of a photo album, with captions by a presumably young Prince, containing a couple dozen pictures from his trip to California to record his debut album, ranging from shots of him in the studio to candids of him and his friends. . . . The Beautiful Ones brings so much new information to light that it s hard to imagine anyone being disappointed. Variety
[The Beautiful Ones] is an affirmation of Prince s Blackness and humanity. . . . The memoir is a handbook for the brilliant community, wrapped in autobiography, wrapped in biography and thus, it s an inspiration. . . . Prince writes about his childhood with clarity and poetic flair, effortlessly combining humorous anecdotes with deep self-reflection and musical analysis. . . . Prince is one of us he just worked to manifest dreams that took him from the North Side of Minneapolis to the Super Bowl. [The book] encourages us to tap into our power to design the lives we envision for ourselves and set a precedent for future generations to do the same. HuffPost