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Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince (Anglais) Relié – 1 avril 2003

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60 internautes sur 61 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
From someone who has been around the Paisley Camp.. 16 mai 2003
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book hits things right on the nail. From someone who has personally been around the Prince Camp (1994-2001) as a fan and supporter with the hope that Prince would pull out of his self destructive pattern, this is the book to get. The only downside of this writing is that everything couldn't get covered. There was much more hell than this book has reported. Nothing mentions the relationship between Prince and Sheena Easton. None of you know about the many winter jams Prince invited us to that were held at Paisley that found fans waiting for 2+ hours outside in below zero weather. He could have let people inside to get warm until the show started, most of the time it was only 50 to 60 people and we were all regulars, they knew us. People don't know how Revlon offered Prince a deal to promote a perfume around "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" and he turned it down feeling he could do better with his own brand which was "Get Wild" that ultimately bombed. The treatment of his staff and fans is stuff of legend. We all put him where his is but I challenge any of you who are not of female gender to get close enough to him to say `hello'. He will not acknowledge your jester, kindness is not in him. "What's with the Ocean" is his term for any hiss he may hear in a recording session, believe me engineers caught hell. I'm saying all this not to put Prince down but to confirm this book as being a truthful depiction of the life and times of this music legend. I for one am not getting paid a cent but it's great to finally see someone tell it like it really happened. Too many times we want to make people into what we want them to be and refuse to acknowledge the truth. Stars build fancy propaganda around themselves that's totally false. Prince has serious problems emotionally even though he is a wonderful artist. And anyone who has been around him to witness his actions first hand has a truly amazing story to tell you, I personally could go on and on. It's really scary the kind of people we choose to look up to and follow. This book is a must have for anyone wanting to know the truth of how things started and got to the point they are today in Prince's life. Get this book....
37 internautes sur 37 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Everything Makes Sense Now... 11 mai 2004
Par Anthony Ian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
A warning to Prince die-hards: this is not a flattering portrayal of him whatsoever. We all knew he was a mercurial control freak, and that he was essentially a one-man band, but I had no idea to what lengths he would go to alienate people. I also never realized that he had a tendency to not credit others with writing (wait 'till you read about "Kiss").
For me, I bought the book because I wanted the answer to a burning question: why did the Revolution break up? Let's face it, that was his most interesting period, his best band (if not chops-wise, certainly taste-wise) and the departure of Wendy & Lisa seemed to end an era. You'll get the answer here, and it's pretty disturbing. Only one Revolution member parted with Prince on amicable terms--drummer Bobby Z.--and that was when Prince fired him to replace him with Sheila E.
As I've found with most idols, when you look behind the talent, at the person, you most often will be disappointed. As a person, Prince is disappointing. Still, his music endures and there's plenty of fascinating stories here about the creation of his classic albums and singles, not to mention his endless side projects, both good (The Family) and bad (Carmen Electra, Vanity 6, etc.).
The irony of this book is that it ends on a sour note; it was published before his big comeback this year, and as I'm reading it the Rolling Stone arrived yesterday... with Prince on the cover.
It should be retitled The Rise, The Fall, the Return.
A must-read if you're a Prince fan. You'll also find out some amazingly interesting stuff about The Time, the whole Purple Rain phenomena, the diastrous Under the Cherry Moon, and just about everything else--including his self-immolating war with Warner Bros., who actually come out here looking pretty sympathetic.
I could not put it down.
42 internautes sur 44 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Hold the line, everybody 18 août 2003
Par Don Karnage - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
If you're a devoted, got-everything, member-of-npg-online Prince fanatic, skip this book. It paints Prince as a fallible human being, and you don't want to hear that.
For the rest of us (I'm a fairly big Prince fan), this is an enlightening look at Prince's career through 2002. I didn't find the reporting to be tabloidesque - both Alex and the people interviewed (including such vital players in the Prince saga as Alan Leeds and Dr Fink) paint Prince as a fascinating and incredible human being, both with strengths (mostly musical and visionary) and weaknesses (mainly in business and interpersonal relationships, as well as the "always taking credit but never taking blame" facet that is common to many people in his position). None of what I read contradicts what I knew about the man, and reading the book threw him into sharper focus. I don't entirely agree with Alex's reviews of particular Prince albums or songs, but his insights prove very engaging reading to any Prince fan, and I think the overall picture he paints is fascinating.
I do think there's a major flaw in the book, and that's its division into two halves: Rise and Fall. Alex's basic premise is that Prince was on an upward climb until around 1988 (around the time Black Album was due to be released) and been falling ever since. Due to this, everything that's happened in Prince's career is seen as confirming this theory. So "Controversy" (which was more or less a sidestep) is treated as an artistic consolidation, "Diamonds and Pearls" as a commercial sellout (which it may have been, but it still returned him to the public eye), and "The Gold Experience" as a commercial flop (while it didn't sell too well, it was a critical success). This coloring of the facts doesn't really detract from the book as a whole, but it does make Prince's career look more like a mountain (up then down) rather than the peak-and-valley rollercoaster ride it has actually been.
I don't think this flaw should detract any less-than-fanatical Prince fan from reading and enjoying this book. Lots of interesting information, and almost none of it of the "juicy" nature - most having to do with unrelease tracks, abandoned projects, and so forth. Pick it up if this sounds intriguing.
34 internautes sur 37 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Excellent, Well Researched and Not Tabloid As Reported 17 avril 2003
Par Paul Katz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
*Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince* generated controversy (pun intended) even before its release. The word 'possessed' in itself conjures a negative connotation. Prince's most ardent fans question if Prince has had a 'fall.' There has also been speculation on the author's intent. Was it to write a salacious and tabloid like bio bashing Prince?
Hahn has answered these last two points quite well in my opinion. Before reading the book, I myself wondered how Prince had 'fallen.' Now I realize I felt that way because I am interested in Prince and have paid attention to him all these years. For the fan who left the fold in the late eighties/early nineties never to return, "the fall" may be much more apparent. In the context of commercial viability, Hahn has undeniably proven Prince has taken a fall. Whether he proves that Prince has also fallen musically is highly subjective and debatable.
As far as salaciousness, I found very little offensive. Hahn does get involved in Prince's personal relationships, but doesn't delve as deeply as other biographers might, pretending they're flies on the wall. While he does occasionally make great assumptions on what Prince is specifically feeling, Hahn doesn't try to recreate private conversations no one could possibly be privy to. Hahn uses quotes from those he's interviewed and his own inferences to paint pictures. In that sense, he is totally respectful.
Situations that were already public knowledge are expanded on, but nothing appears here for sake of titilation.
Although this book is written with much care and in-depth analysis, it still falls upon the reader to make an informed decision to take everything with a grain of salt. In particular, the passages about Prince's personal life. When something doesn't have the ring of truth to it, one has to let it go by.
I found Hahn's description of Prince's transformation from that of rebel to man of apparent increasing conservatism quite fascinating. His point that Prince may never continue to grow as a musician because he does not surround himself with people who challenge him is made as saliently as the notion that his fan base will never increase if he limits himself to his NPGMusicClub alone.
Some want their heroes to be flawless. Fans reading should prepare themselves that the tale told is not a pretty one at times. All humans are flawed and Prince is no exception.
Do I get upset when I read accounts of Prince treating people badly? Not particularly. I recognize that there are psychological issues going on underneath. Hahn makes it very clear that control and manipulation cover for Prince's own vulnerabilities and insecurities that he wishes for no one to see, perhaps even himself!
I am of the opinion that no biography can ever truly be definitive without the input of the subject. However, Alex Hahn has done his homework, and admirably so in my opinion. While some die-hard fans and "Prince apologists" will probably find much to be upset about, the fact is, Hahn makes his points incredibly well. I find no appearance of deliberate malice towards Prince in this book.
How will fans react to *Possessed*? Depends on what kind of fan they are. If they are fans that refuse to believe anything negative about their idol, they will hate it. If they are fans that have objectivity, they will probably find it very interesting. I fall into the latter category.
16 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Rise and Fall: The Larger Meaning 30 avril 2003
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Some Prince fans have greeted this book with howls of injured outrage, but they may not have read Oedipus Rex or Hamlet. The author has. He knows Oedipus is a powerful, important king with a fatal blind-spot, a world-shaker whose pride, wrath, and failure-to-listen lead to his fall. He knows Hamlet is a brilliant, philosophical young prince who is also a manic-obsessive, tormented by indecision, tortured by his ingrown intellect as much as by circumstance, by his ego as much as by his enemies. Thus Hahn is able to discern and reveal the universal patterns in the story of Prince.
Prince zealots retort that their idol is alive and well, thank you, producing music and retaining a loyal fan base. But at his peak Prince combined the vast fame of a chart-busting pop mega-star with the critical esteem of a Miles Davis, while today, though his work continues, he is known to the general public mainly as a footnote, a man who became an unpronounceable symbol, a house-hold name who faded from view. What happened, and why? This book tells the story.
Neither sensational nor humdrum, the book relies on the method of a sound investigation: patient, probing, persistent. It will appeal to a wide range of readers, from those alert to pop culture to those attuned to the universal relevance of a rise-and-fall trajectory, whether tragic or ambiguous, aware that the best and brightest of us carry in ourselves the seeds of a potential undoing. This is what gives Hahn's important book its larger resonance.
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