Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain by Alan Light (4 out of 5)

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I didn’t expect a miracle here; after all, it’s a book written about the scope of one fantastic album, movie, tour.
However, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did (not meaning to sound like a sourpuss, but music books tend to swing one way or another, and this one was really objective and factual, despite the author being a fan. So a swing in the right direction).
I think Prince is a genius; always have, always will (despite half of the NPG catalog giving me great moments of pause), but this really shines the light on his creative process. The guy just wants to be left the hell alone by the annoyances of the paparazzi and press relations, and make music. MAKE MUSIC. Not a lot of artists are still relevant today and really only care about the music. Prince, refreshingly, continues to reinvent himself time and time again, releasing two very different albums in the past six months, and giving us the best SNL musical performance of the past decade. (Not joking, I am serious). It had to start somewhere, and this, while it may have been the apex of his career, just goes to show that he is truly a legend. Even if he leaves Culture Club records playing on repeat on a turntable all day (vinyl, yes).
The book is filled with interviews of members of The Revolution, The Time, Dez Dickerson (Prince’s first guitarist through 1999), as well as producers and writers of the movie, and those who coordinated the tour. The author makes no bones about the fact that he is a fan and that he’s had the pleasure of interviewing The Purple One on several occasions. Moreover, from the author’s vantage point, it appears that Prince rather likes Mr. Alan Light. I rather like Mr. Alan Light, after reading this book. It’s objective, goes into definitive detail about the making of the movie, and you get a lot of interesting stories not yet published, some humorous, others merely proving that Prince’s methods don’t always bear madness. Sometimes the simplest way to get the true story across is to just deliver an effective view of a massive pop culture phenomenon. And Alan Light has accomplished that in spades.

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~ by generationgbooks on December 19, 2014.

One Response to “Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain by Alan Light (4 out of 5)”

  1. Definitely putting this on my TBR list….thanks for always giving me great book ideas! I probably would have never known about this book but for you. We have to do a book exchange after Christmas!!!! Wishing you a very merry one!

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