Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions

Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions : 1983 and 1984

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Featuring insights on even more groundbreaking recording sessions, rehearsals, and sound checks, the expanded edition of Duane Tudahl's award-winning book pulls back the paisley curtain to reveal the untold story of Prince's rise from cult favorite to the biggest rock star on the planet.

His journey is meticulously documented through detailed accounts of his time secluded behind the doors of the recording studio as well as his days on tour.

With unprecedented access to the musicians, singers, and studio engineers who knew Prince best, including members of the Revolution and the Time, Duane Tudahl weaves an intimate saga of an eccentric genius and the people and events who helped shape the groundbreaking music he created. From Sunset Sound Studios' daily recording logs and the Warner Bros. vault of information, Tudahl uncovers hidden truths about the origins of songs such as "Purple Rain," "When Doves Cry," and "Raspberry Beret" and also reveals never-before-published details about Prince's unreleased outtakes.

This definitive chronicle of Prince's creative brilliance during 1983 and 1984 provides a new experience of the Purple Rain album as an integral part of Prince's life and the lives of those closest to him.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 151 x 229 x 36mm | 912g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Expanded Edition
  • 12 Halftones, black and white
  • 1538114623
  • 9781538114629
  • 95,170

Table of contents

Foreword by Questlove
CHAPTER 1: January 1983
CHAPTER 2: February 1983
CHAPTER 3: March 1983
CHAPTER 4: April 1983
CHAPTER 5: May 1983
CHAPTER 6: June 1983
CHAPTER 7: July 1983
CHAPTER 8: August 1983
CHAPTER 9: September 1983
CHAPTER 10: October 1983
CHAPTER 11: November 1983
CHAPTER 12: December 1983
CHAPTER 13: January 1984
CHAPTER 14: February 1984
CHAPTER 15: March 1984
CHAPTER 16: April 1984
CHAPTER 17: May 1984
CHAPTER 18: June 1984
CHAPTER 19: July 1984
CHAPTER 20: August 1984
CHAPTER 21: September 1984
CHAPTER 22: October 1984
CHAPTER 23: November 1984
CHAPTER 24: December 1984
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4 1/2 Stars 5 Stars. Hands-down, the most exhaustive study of the most crucial period in Prince's career. The next volume can't come soon enough. * Record Collector * Die-hards and casual Prince fans, alike, will find the book to be a worthy contribution to an already vast body of knowledge. * The Huffington Post * This fascinating book offers a portrait of an artist continually seeking to grow creatively and maintain control over his musical identity. * Publishers Weekly * A revealing behind-the-scenes glimpse of a musical genius. Prince fans will savor the details. * Booklist * The level of detail in the book is phenomenal. PrinceVault will be forever in debt to the research that Tudahl did. -- One of the most comprehensive works ever crafted about the Purple One...While there has been a lot written on the Purple Rain era because of its popularity, the genius of this book lies in its attention to detail. Simply put, the work Tudahl has done on this book is astounding. Books like these help keep Prince's legacy alive and remind us what a special artist he was. Tudahl should be applauded for his exhaustive effort. * True Funk Soldier * An amazing work. Valuable research and a terrific perspective -- Alan Leeds, tour manager, production manager for Prince Prince insiders eagerly anticipate Duane Tudahl's book for the thoroughness and diligence he has brought to his investigation. His work has the rare qualities of a good reporter's objectivity coupled with an insider's instinct for the true story. -- Susan Rogers, Prince's recording engineer (1983-1988) Duane Tudahl's meticulously researched work is truly remarkable. It shows how closely Prince's work was intertwined with his life. Providing unique insights into Prince's creative process and personality, this book is a must for anyone wanting to understand this exceptionally talented and driven artist. -- Per Nilsen, author of 'DanceMusicSexRomance' and 'The Vault' Archivist, interviewer, and discerning fan Duane Tudahl has delivered a fly-on-the-wall account of some of Prince's most important and productive years in the studio. This book bristles with energy, passion, and knowledge, and stands as an essential documentation of Prince's work and artistic process. -- Alex Hahn, author of 'Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince and The Rise of Prince' Duane Tudahl has uncovered the hard work and real time hours behind the genius that was Prince. An awesome lifetime task that will hopefully lead to future volumes. -- Steve Parke, Paisley Park artist and author of 'Picturing Prince'
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About Duane Tudahl

Duane Tudahl has worked in entertainment for over twenty-five years and has produced and/or directed documentary programming for the History Channel, CBS, GTV, Fox, Discovery, Pax, the Gospel Music Channel, the Food Channel, Tru-TV, and HGTV, among others. He has also been an editor on multiple Emmy-nominated programs, including Intervention, Unsolved Mysteries, and Cops. He is a former stand-up comic and has been writing about Prince and the Minneapolis music scene for two decades. He lives in Los Angeles.
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