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Throughout the 1990s, Prince feuded with his record label, Warner Bros., over his rights as an independent recording artist—and made some of the most brilliant music of his career. During that time, Jim Walsh covered Prince for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and wrote about him passionately, thoughtfully, exhaustively. Here, in real time, is that coverage: a clip-by-clip look back at Prince in the ‘90s. Walsh’s newly unearthed interviews, essays, columns, and reviews make Gold Experience an essential slice of history for fans, scholars, and latecomers to the Minneapolis-born musical genius Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958–April 21, 2016).

Join Walsh at the 1994 NBA All-Star game after party and release bash for the single “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” Accompany him to the after-hours clubs Erotic City, Glam Slam, and, of course, Paisley Park. Meet Prince’s wife and bandmate Mayte (and while you’re at it, take in the wedding and reception). Enjoy a two-hour sit-down interview with Prince. Explore Prince’s veganism, talk to fans in line for a Target Center show, preview the “Jam of the Year” concert and check in at the after party. The passions and influences, from Mozart to funk godfather Larry Graham; the gigs and the Paisley Park garage sale; Walsh’s open letter to the artist and his reflections on religion and spirituality. This is Prince as few have seen him, reported as only Jim Walsh can: a portrait of the artist from a dizzying array of angles, captured in living color for all time. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. 1994
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Prince’s Magic Lures the Stars
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. He’s Not Just Another Pretty Symbol
  2. pp. 5-8
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  1. Prince Treats Lucky Fans to After-hours Rehearsal
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Prince’s “Big Noise” for Fans at His House Doesn’t Disappoint
  2. pp. 9-11
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  1. Best of May
  2. p. 12
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  1. Best of July
  2. pp. 13-15
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  1. Songs in the Key of Life
  2. pp. 16-18
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  1. Prince Is Going for “The Gold”
  2. pp. 18-20
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  1. Blast from the Past: Seven Years after Its Recording—and Much to the Chagrin of Prince—Warner Bros. Issues His Much Mythologized The Black Album
  2. pp. 20-23
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  1. Prince’s Label President and Publicist Resign
  2. p. 24
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  1. 1995
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Prince, Minnesota Politicos Make for Creative Yet Self-Conscious Set
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Evening Was Uneven at
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  1. People
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. From Chanhassen:
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. Liner Notes for The Gold Experience
  2. pp. 32-37
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  1. Prince Pullout from SNL Tests Patience of Faithful
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. People
  2. p. 39
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  1. Former Prince Presents Fans with Early Christmas Gift
  2. pp. 40-42
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  1. Free at Last?
  2. p. 42
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  1. 1996
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. Prince’s Uptown Store Closes
  2. p. 45
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  1. Mayte Aphrodite: So, What’s the Story behind This Woman Who Managed to Get the Former Prince to Say “I Do”? Well, She’s...
  2. pp. 46-49
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  1. Purple Hearts: Prince’s Marriage Gives Lift to Inner City Neighborhood
  2. pp. 50-52
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  1. Couple Hadn’t Appeared by 11, but
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  1. Alone Again Eventually
  2. pp. 53-55
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  1. Ex-Innovator Ex-Prince Serves Leftovers
  2. pp. 56-58
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  1. Former Prince Crowned Minnesota’s Top Music Artist
  2. pp. 58-60
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  1. Ex-Prince Extravaganza: Tonight’s Bash Celebrates the Release of the Three-disc Emancipation Set via Satellite TV and the Internet
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. Stars Help Former Prince Celebrate His Freedom
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. [Prince] Speaks
  2. pp. 65-76
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  1. Fresh (Ex-)Prince
  2. pp. 76-78
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  1. Ex-Prince Gives Royal Show at: Power Guitarists Show Strengths in TAFKAP’s Band
  2. pp. 78-80
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  1. 1997
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. Prolific Ex-Prince Working on Next Album, The Truth
  2. pp. 83-85
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  1. Singing Vegan Praises
  2. pp. 85-87
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  1. The Artist Will Play Sayles Belton Benefit Show
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. For TAFKAP Fans, It Was All Simply in the Line of Duty
  2. pp. 88-91
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  1. Sticking to the Fax: Ex-Prince speaks (sort of) in an interview on the eve of his two Target Center shows
  2. pp. 92-96
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  1. Pure Artist-ry: The Former Prince Puts Aside All Faux Stage Trickery and Delivers Just Pure, Organic, Funky, Fabulous Music
  2. pp. 97-99
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  1. The Artist Wears ’Em Out at Post-concert Paisley Park Party
  2. pp. 100-102
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  1. 1998
  2. pp. 103-104
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  1. Grand Funk Express: Larry Graham, the Man Who Invented Funk, Pulls His Graham Central Station into a New Chanhassen Terminal
  2. pp. 105-109
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  1. Those Midnight Treks Are Worth a Princely Sum
  2. pp. 110-113
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  1. TAFKAP Offers Up Sweet Jam at Free A.M. Funk-Fest
  2. pp. 113-116
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  1. It’s Party Time: “1999” Is More Than Just a Date. The Former Prince’s Millennial Anthem Is Heading Back to Herald the Dawn of a New Age
  2. pp. 115-121
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  1. Artist, Mayte Call It Quits... in a Way, for Now: Symbolic Remarriage May Follow Annulment
  2. pp. 122-124
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  1. 1999
  2. pp. 125-126
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  1. Santana, Two Hot Guests Make Some Music Magic
  2. pp. 127-128
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  1. Symbolic Agreement Reached: Prince Drops Uptown Suit. Fan Magazine Will Not Use Symbol, List Bootlegs
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  1. Formerly Prince’s: His Stuff Brings in the Fans. The Artist Has Garage Sale at Studio
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  1. Purple Pride: The Artist’s Ten Best Local Gigs
  2. pp. 132-134
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  1. Artist-ic License: With the Release of a New Album and a Major-Label Alliance, the Former Prince Hopes to Get the Bandwagon Rolling Again
  2. pp. 135-138
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  1. Artist’s “Rave” Less Than Fantastic, but It Ain’t All Bad
  2. pp. 138-139
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  1. Ex-Recluse Ex-Prince Is on Publicity Binge for Y2K Show
  2. pp. 139-140
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  1. 2000–2002
  2. pp. 141-142
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  1. Open Letter to Prince: Best Gift You Can Give Is a Great New Record
  2. pp. 143-147
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  1. Spiritual, at Times Inspired, Prince Saves Best for Last
  2. pp. 148-150
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  1. VH1’s Best Album Series Celebrates Prince’s Classic Purple Rain Tonight
  2. pp. 150-154
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  1. For Prince, It’s All about Sex, God, and Rock ’n’ Roll
  2. pp. 154-157
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  1. (Another) Open Letter to Prince
  2. pp. 157-161
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 162
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781452955926
Related ISBN
9781517902582
MARC Record
OCLC
972734135
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2017-03-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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