Music: Prince

PrincePrince Turns 50 and Plans 1st Book Release

Music has a few kings, but make no mistake, there is only one Prince. His royal badness, who just turned 50, is slated to release his first book, "21 Nights."

Inspired by his groundbreaking reign of 21 consecutive performances in London's O2 Center during the summer of 2007, the book will feature never-before-published pictures by acclaimed photographer Randee St. Nicholas, poetry by Prince and a CD, "Indigo Nights," of live after-show sessions.

The award-winning artist went all-out to celebrate his book release with a private party and surprise concert at his palatial home in the hills above Los Angeles.

Among his guests were Eddie Murphy, Babyface and Diddy.

"When Prince is in the room, there are no other celebrities. Not when his majesty saunters into the room," said guest Karrine Steffans, whose book cover for "The Vixen Diaries" was shot by St. Nicholas. "He's magnetic and electrifying. The crowd became entranced." (p. 58)

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 21 Nights book by Prince

21 Nights-- a first book by Prince and celebrated photographer Randee St. Nicholas is a stunning multimedia volume offering a rare glimpse into the life, lyrics and mystique of one of the most notable and prolific musicians of our time. This beautifully designed photographic essay flows from Prince's sensational, unprecedented, record-breaking, sold-out 21 concerts in 21 Nights at London's 02 Arena in 2007. Giving insight into his dueling worlds of performance and solitude, 21 Nights incorporates Prince's evocative poetry and lyrics to new songs and other selections, and 124 full-color, sumptuous never-before-published images by Randee St. Nicholas. As part of the multi-dimensional experience, it will also include "Indigo Night," a CD--available only with the book--capturing Prince's after-hours, live after-show sessions--rare and profound moments of musical genius.

21 Nights takes the reader from the passenger seat of a limousine zipping through the streets of London to his sleeping quarters in a luxury hotel. In between we see him and his phenomenal band of musicians, singers and dancers backstage in the make up room to onstage, bathed in purple lights and a fog of gray smoke. Like a movie-in-a-book, readers are taken on his journey from London to Prague, in a style that takes glam rock to a new level.

Then there is poetry and lyrics that reveal the heart and soul of Prince--in addition to his incomparable talent. Going beyond the catchy hook, he expresses himself on everything from the destructive forces of war, greed and superficiality the life giving energy of love, beauty, and--of course--music.

Product Details
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (September 9, 2008)
Language: English
 

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