The Beautiful Ones (Hardback)Prince (author)
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Lovingly curated from Prince’s personal archives, The Beautiful Ones gathers writings, photographs and lyric sheets together in a sumptuous volume that highlights the Purple One’s restless creativity. The perfect companion to an exceptional career and a book that no self-respecting Prince fan can do without.
The book will span from Prince’s childhood to his early years as a musician to the cusp of international stardom, using Prince’s own writings, a scrapbook of his personal photos, and the original handwritten lyric sheets for many of his most iconic songs, which he kept at Paisley Park. The book depicts Prince’s evolution through deeply revealing, never-before-shared images and memories and culminates with his original handwritten treatment for his masterwork, Purple Rain.
The memoir will be framed by Piepenbring’s riveting, moving introduction about his short but profound collaboration with Prince in his final days - a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he’d so carefully cultivated - and by annotations that provide context to the book’s images.
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 892 g
Dimensions: 241 x 167 x 27 mm
'A triumph...The Beautiful Ones rivals the Beastie Boys Book - or even your favourite Prince song - as a masterclass in the bottling of its subject's seductive essence... his presence in this book is so strong that it's hard to believe he has really left the building. *****' - Mojo
'Handsomely presented, visually sumptuous... These tantalising pages will only enhance the enigmatic pop star's mystique. Fluidly written, intimate and warm... it offers glimpses, partial and alluring.' - The Times
'Prince remains as enigmatic as ever. And yet, it is in the very fragmentary structure of the book that the essence of the man comes alive...In a world of identikit pop stars terrified of upsetting the apple cart, this is a book that reminds us that Prince truly was one of a kind.' - The Irish Independent
'The Beautiful Ones is for everyone. It doesn't matter whether you're a Prince fanatic or if your interest is simply piqued by all things music or pop culture: The book is worth picking up. The Beautiful Ones is not a read, but an experience, an immersion inside the mind of a musical genius. You are steeped in Prince's images, his words, his essence... The book can be a starting point for a Prince fascination, or a continuation of long-standing admiration. Either way, it will deepen the connection of any reader with the musical icon.' - USA Today
'It's both a pleasure and a surprise to say that although The Beautiful Ones may not satisfy fans' wildest dreams, it delivers much, much more than we had any reason to expect. As is clear from editor Dan Piepenbring's very long intro, Prince took the project very seriously, and it shows in the work he delivered. Although the actual autobiography segment of this book ends at the end of Prince's teens, it shines an intimate and revealing light on the least-known period of his life - his childhood - which is embellished with family photos, notes and other ephemera.' - Variety
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This book was obviously long awaited as it has elements inside from the man himself. It does feel however like it was put together around the small amount of work that Prince did before he died on the book. It feels... More
“Absolutely a beautiful book. But very disappointed about book not being all purple edges”
This is hands down a must 4 any Prince fan
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Edges so I order 2. I’m was so excited. Received nope just like what I had.
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“The biography I’ve been waiting a long time for”
Wonderful book , Prince’s handwriting telling stories about his life . I love it . Prince was one amazing musician and more.
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