Prince Remembered

Prince Remembered

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Prince Rogers Nelson left this universe behind on April 21, 2016, leaving fans worldwide in mourning. Maybe nowhere in the world has felt this loss as profoundly than Prince's home state of Minnesota. And to The Current, a radio station from Minnesota Public Radio, Prince was more than an artist, he was our friend. That’s why, in memory of the Purple One, we’re sharing the many conversations we’ve had with musicians, critics, reporters and more about Prince: his life, his music and his legacy.


3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis calls the Twin Cities home  

3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis does an interview with Jim McGuinn, Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber on Minnesota Public Radio. 'There is a whole mix of emotions I am feeling,' Grantis says. 'Just hearing that music really does give me so much joy, and it makes me feel so good. I think it makes so many people all around the world feel good and comforted to hear that amazing music.'

Interview: André Cymone's dad was in a band with Prince's dad  

André Cymone does an interview with Jim McGuinn, Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber on Minnesota Public Radio.

Andre Cymone at Paisley Park  

One of Prince's first bandmates, Andre Cymone talks with The Current in front of Paisley Park on the anniversary of Prince's passing.

Interpreting Prince in American Sign Language  

Shelly Lehner is an American Sign Language interpreter and a longtime Prince fan. Lehner was one of the ASL interpreters at the Prince tribute concert last October. 'If hearing people are going to a concert, and they're experiencing this loss of Prince, deaf people should be able to go to that concert as well, and have access,' Lehner says. Listen to Lehner's full story, and visit to watch a captioned video of Lehner's interview, and to watch Lehner give an ASL interpretation of Prince's song, "When Doves Cry."

Har Mar Superstar on Prince's sexiness  

Minnesotan sex symbol Har Mar Superstar tells Jade what made Prince sexy, how his music varied from suggestive to explicit

Peyton remembers Prince  

Jay Gabler talks with Peyton Scott Russell, a Minneapolis artist, about the period in the '90s when Peyton worked for Prince at Paisley Park and displayed art at Prince's club Glam Slam. Peyton also describes his decision to gild Prince's First Avenue star after the icon's death in 2016.

'Did I dream that?': Artist Peyton remembers Prince, Glam Slam, Paisley Park in the '90s  

Artist Peyton Scott Russell first encountered Prince in the 1990s, when Peyton showed work at the Glam Slam nightclub and helped decorate Paisley Park for Prince's wedding reception. When Prince died last year, Peyton was moved to cover his First Avenue star in gold leaf.

Regina Spektor: 'hindsight love'  

In an interview with The Current's Jim McGuinn, Regina Spektor talks about how she came to discover and appreciate Prince later in life, watching 'Purple Rain' three times in succession on a transatlantic flight after Prince had passed. 'What an incredible artist,' Spektor says. 'People like that don't come around that often.'

Sylvan Esso: 'Prince was just the coolest'  

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso join Jade at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Meath relates a story from a friend in Beck's band, who opened for Prince. The story is an example of Prince's generosity and love of music. "[Prince] filmed the entirety of their set," Meath says, "and put a DVD of it into the TV and gave them notes on their set before he went on."

Jason Narducy: two Prince stories  

Musician Jason Narducy (Bob Mould Band, Split Single, Superchunk) shares two Prince stories during an interview with Jade, recorded live at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Britt Daniel: 'Prince was a magical person'  

Britt Daniel of Spoon reflects on Prince's legacy and shares his memories of seeing Prince perform. 'He was the greatest performer of his generation,' Daniel says, 'or perhaps of many generations.' From a live interview with Jade at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Thundercat: 'a guy that was in love with life'  

Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, talks about his favorite Prince song and a moment in the Prince film 'Under the Cherry Moon' that always makes him smile. Thundercat also shares a story from his brother, Ronald Bruner Jr., who worked as a session musician with Prince at Paisley Park.

Run the Jewels: 'one of the biggest heroes and influences'  

El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels talk about Prince's legacy on a Theft of the Dial on The Current, hosted by Sean McPherson. Killer Mike also gives respect to Morris Day and the Time, for their music and for reinventing cool in the 1980s.

Roger Linn, inventor of the LM-1 drum machine, talks Prince and "When Doves Cry"  

Roger Linn, inventor of the LM-1 Drum Computer, discusses Prince's use of his instrument on "When Doves Cry" and more.

Roger Linn: Prince and the LM-1 Drum Computer  

Roger Linn, inventor of the LM-1 Drum Computer, talks about Prince's use of his instrument on "When Doves Cry" and more

Susannah Melvoin on Prince  

Susannah Melvoin reflects on Prince's tenderness and how she ended up co-writing "Starfish and Coffee."

Slug from Atmosphere: 'Prince broke a lot of barriers for us'  

Sean Daley, aka Slug, from the hip-hop group Atmosphere, talks to The Current's Andrea Swensson about what it was like to come up in the music industry while living in the same city as Prince. Slug describes how Prince broke boundaries and set new precedents in the music industry. And Slug also tells the story of how he once performed freestyle rap onstage with Prince, who improvised on piano.

Andre Cymone: 'It's hard to say goodbye to a best friend'  

Andre Cymone is a lifelong friend of Prince and one of Prince's first bandmates. In this interview with The Current's Andrea Swensson, Cymone describes: playing at the Revolution's reunion shows at First Avenue; how he and Prince first met and became friends; and the music and events that influenced him and Prince as they were growing up in Minnesota in the 1960s and 70s. Recorded before a live audience at the Minnesota State Fair on Sept. 2, 2016.

Sarah Marks: Artistic inspiration from Prince  

Sarah Marks is an Atlanta-based visual artist and Prince fan who created an animated GIF depicting the many phases in Prince's career. "I think the way that you become a person like Prince or strive to be a person like Prince, is you listen to that voice and go with your inclination," Marks says.

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