This oral history was originally compiled by the Star Tribune staff in 2004, when the man behind the “Minneapolis sound” was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. IN THE BEGINNING Prince Roger Nelson was born June 7, 1958, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis to Mattie Shaw and John Nelson. They had been in a jazz ensemble called the Prince Roger Trio. Since Mattie called her husband Prince, she dubbed her son Skipper “because he was small in size and he was just real cute — he was a darling baby.” HIS MOTHER (Star Tribune interview, 1984): He could hear music even from a very early age. When he was 3 or 4, we’d go to the department store and he’d jump on the radio, the organ, any type of instrument there was. Mostly the piano and organ. I’d have to hunt for him, and that’s where he’d be — in the music department. PRINCE (Star Tribune interview, 1978): Around the time I was 8, I had a pretty good … [Read more...] about Oral history: Prince’s life, as told by the people who knew him best
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ENTERTAINMENT 07/27/2016 09:30 am ET Updated Jun 07, 2018 Pop music's holy trinity in one complete timeline. By Matthew Jacobs If we can thank/blame anyone for the state of modern pop fame, it’s Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince. In the early 1980s, as MTV fused a new form of music consumption with a heightened awareness of celebrity culture, they emerged as America’s holy trinity. All three singers were born to complicated childhoods in the spring/summer of 1958, and each became preeminent visual artists who reinvented themselves as the years progressed. Jackson, of course, had a built-in audience thanks to his already lengthy career, but 1979’s “Off the Wall” and 1983’s “Thriller” redrafted his legacy as a dazzling solo artist. Prince and Madonna, arriving to grown-up stardom in 1978 and 1982, respectively, built reputations as iconoclasts challenging standard notions of gender and sexuality. As these … [Read more...] about The Prince, Madonna And Michael Jackson Slam Book
Paul Peterson and Tyka Nelson/ Star Tribune photo by Aaron Lavinsky He’s recorded with fDeluxe and LP Music. But Paul Peterson – or St. Paul Peterson to you Purple fans – hasn’t recorded under his own name since 2004. He just dropped a new single “You Got 2 Love.” Not surprisingly, it’s a big old funky slice of the Minneapolis Sound, with lyrics about one love in this divisive, segregated world. The music and the message sound straight out of the Prince playbook. You’ll recall that Peterson, fresh out of high school, became a replacement member in the Time in 1983, just in time for the filming of “Purple Rain.” Then, he became co-lead singer of the Family, a Prince-created spinoff of the Time, featuring Peterson, Jellybean Johnson, Eric Leeds and Susannah Melvoin. After one album (he sang the original "Nothing Compares 2 U") and one gig at First Avenue, Peterson exited for a solo career. Over the years, he has … [Read more...] about St. Paul Peterson drops funky new, Prince-inspired single “You Got 2 Love”
With so many otherworldly credits such as “True Blood,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Under The Dome” in her canon, Aisha Hinds has not found many roles close to home. That is until the TV One original movie “Runaway Island,” premiering July 25 at 8 p.m., came along. The film, written by Christopher Brandt, the 2014 American Black Film Festival screenplay competition winner, and directed by Academy Award nominee Dianne Houston (“Take the Lead”), drew Hinds in immediately. “I felt like I was on the page,” she says of first reading the script. “This woman has a heart like mine.” The Brooklyn native plays Lara Cook-Nordholm, who with her family and close friend runs a getaway richly steeped in African-American culture that affords visitors the opportunity to deal with whatever is going on in their life. Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange Is the New Black”), Thomas Q. Jones (“Being Mary … [Read more...] about BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: ‘Otherworldly’ starlet treks to ‘Island;’ Prince conveniently black?
Photo by Allen Beaulieu Allen Beaulieu’s newly published “Prince: Before the Rain” ($29.95, Minnesota Historical Society Press) – the third posthumous Prince photo book – is of historic importance. A Minneapolis fashion photographer, he was in Prince’s orbit in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Beaulieu photographed Prince onstage, offstage and in photo studios. He shot the album covers of Prince’s “Dirty Mind” and “Controversy,” as well as covers of “The Time” and “Vanity 6.” He also did publicity photos and posters for Prince and associated acts like the Time, Vanity 6 and Jesse Johnson. With more than 300 color and black-and-white photos, “Before the Rain” is a crazy quilt of pre-Purple images. The posed photos suggest an artist trying to craft an image and mystique. There’s Prince in a trench coat with a can of spray paint doing graffiti. There’s Prince in a shower … [Read more...] about Must-have new book features pre-“Purple Rain” photos of Prince