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.

Episodes

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.

New Power Generation's Ida Nielsen talks new solo album  

Ida Neilsen, who performed in both New Power Generation and 3RDEYEGIRL, talks with Andrea Swensson about how she first connected with Prince and her funky new solo album.

New Power Generation's Ida Nielsen talks new solo album  

Ida Neilsen, who performed in both New Power Generation and 3RDEYEGIRL, talks with Andrea Swensson about how she first connected with Prince and her funky new solo album.

Prince Remembered: Anil Dash  

Tech blogger and entrepreneur Anil Dash talks to Andrea Swensson about Prince's secret life as a computer nerd.

Prince Remembered: Anil Dash  

Tech blogger and entrepreneur Anil Dash talks to Andrea Swensson about Prince's secret life as a computer nerd.

Prince Rembered: Anil Dash  

Tech writer and entrepreneur Anil Dash talks about Prince's secret life as a computer nerd.

PaviElle French: 'Prince danced to the beat of his own drum.'  

PaviElle French is a performer, singer and songwriter who visited Paisley Park at age 16. "The biggest way Prince influenced me is that he lived his life by his own rules and that's the kind of artist that I am," PaviElle says. "That's the kind of person I am, and knowing that he did it, I know it can be done."

PaviElle French: 'Prince danced to the beat of his own drum.'  

PaviElle French is a performer, singer and songwriter who visited Paisley Park at age 16. "The biggest way Prince influenced me is that he lived his life by his own rules and that's the kind of artist that I am," PaviElle says. "That's the kind of person I am, and knowing that he did it, I know it can be done."

From the MPR Archive: 'This year's [1984] star of the rock 'n' roll world'  

In a report from Dec. 26, 1984, MPR's Stephen Smith (now of American RadioWorks) provides a biographical look at Prince, '26 years old, born and raised in Minneapolis, he's this year's star of the rock and roll world. He's now touring the United States, selling out every place he performs.' Smith also talks to Minneapolis StarTribune reporter and Prince biographer, John Bream.

From the MPR Archive: 'This year's [1984] star of the rock 'n' roll world'  

In a report from Dec. 26, 1984, MPR's Stephen Smith (now of American RadioWorks) provides a biographical look at Prince, '26 years old, born and raised in Minneapolis, he's this year's star of the rock and roll world. He's now touring the United States, selling out every place he performs.' Smith also talks to Minneapolis StarTribune reporter and Prince biographer, John Bream.

From the MPR Archive: Foreign dignitaries visit Paisley Park in 1987  

In a report from Sept. 10, 1987, MPR News' Mike Mulcahy describes a tour by foreign dignitaries of Prince's Chanhassen, Minn., studio, Paisley Park. 'Audible gasps were detected as the visiting dignitaries walked through banks of recording equipment in Paisley Park's gymnasium-sized recording studio,' Mulcahy reports.

From the MPR Archive: Foreign dignitaries visit Paisley Park in 1987  

In a report from Sept. 10, 1987, MPR News' Mike Mulcahy describes a tour by foreign dignitaries of Prince's Chanhassen, Minn., studio, Paisley Park. 'Audible gasps were detected as the visiting dignitaries walked through banks of recording equipment in Paisley Park's gymnasium-sized recording studio,' Mulcahy reports.

Steve McClellan: 'You knew that Prince was a star in the music market'  

Steve McClellan was a co-owner of First Avenue during Prince's early days. He remembered him as a perfectionist, a workaholic -- and a kid.

Bret Thoeny: From beehives to Paisley Park  

Bret Thoeny, the man who built Paisley Park, is a principal with the firm BOTO Design Architects in California. He spoke with MPR News host Tom Weber about his experiences with Prince.

Neal Karlen: 'You don't become a rock star by accident'  

Neal Karlen is a Twin Cities writer who collaborated with Prince on a rock opera and covered him for years. He wrote for Rolling Stone, Newsweek and other publications in the '80s and '90s. He talked with MPR News reporter Euan Kerr about his experiences with Prince over the years.

Steve Noonan: 'I'll always be thankful for working with Prince'  

Singer-songwriter Steve Noonan worked as an audio engineer for Prince in the early 1990s. "It was fun," Noonan says. "As has been said a lot, he was a genius. ... It was fun to watch the songs form." Hear Noonan's stories from his days working at Paisley Park.

Steve McClellan: 'You knew that Prince was a star in the music market'  

Steve McClellan was a co-owner of First Avenue during Prince's early days. He remembered him as a perfectionist, a workaholic -- and a kid.

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