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

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fair and balanced look at an eccentric musical genius. Worth reading. 20 octobre 2015
Par John S Harris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I didn't read this book until some 11 years after it was published. And in those 11 years Prince saw his career resurrected and he rebounded with some great material, fun tours, and he still looks and sounds as cool as ever. But the years covered in the book? Oh my!

The book is very detailed about his life, friendships, girlfriends, business activities, music output and inspiration, personality quirks, etc. The reporting seems very fair and even-handed (even if author Hahn refers to Prince's personal and professional "flare" when he really means "flair". They're not the same word, Alex).

I would love to read a follow-up to this book that catches us up on Prince's career post-2004. And if Hahn could write it, even better. This book certainly brings Prince down to Earth for the rest of us and makes him look oh so very human. Eccentric and bizarre, but human.

I did manage to have a brief personal encounter with Prince in 2007, and perhaps that's why I grew interested in reading up on him a bit more. (I suppose one could also claim that Prince had a brief personal encounter with ME in 2007. I wonder if he reads up on me? Nah. Probably not.)
17 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Leaves You Cold And Wanting More 2 janvier 2015
Par VW - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
A meticulously engaging biography of Prince, "Possessed" pulls the reader in and won't let go. This is the portrait of a genius who, through his own machinations, became something of a monster. The book tells the story of a Prince who is self-destructive, narcissistic, insecure and cloistered; a prodigy who changed music while managing to alienate virtually everyone in his life.
By 1982-83, Prince had forced the world to sit up and take notice. Having skillfully blended elements of numerous musical genres to create a uniquely eclectic signature, he was determined to avoid being pigeonholed by a limited artistic identity. This determination, combined with his rising popularity and enigmatic, iconoclastic image began to raze traditional barriers. All of this culminated in and peaked with "Purple Rain"- a body of work that enjoyed universal appeal and propelled him to the top of the pop/rock world. But, ironically, he rebelled (in a sense) against his own success, deciding to follow "Purple Rain"with "Around The World In A Day", a work designed to remind everyone that commercial success could and would be subordinate to the importance of innovative artistry. These reinventions continued, accompanied by critical praise and declining sales, and in the midst of a musical landscape that was ever-changing. In this sense, at least from a commercial perspective, Prince became the victim of a new music world he'd been instrumental in creating.
Published in 2003, this bio ends in 2002. The story of Prince between 1989 and that year is not a pretty one, giving chilling accounts of his treatment others, from subordinates and band members to the Warner Brothers executives who'd helped make him a star. One consistent and recurring theme is his inability to treat those around him with empathy- sometimes common courtesy. By the mid 90's, he'd alienated most everyone and, as he became ever more insular, his creativity suffered along with his image.
But it seems that none of this mattered much to Prince. From the beginning, it seems that total control was his ultimate aim and, in the end, that's exactly what he got. The genius and success of his first ten years as a recording artist provided a lifelong security blanket, one that apparently made him bulletproof regardless of his actions.
Though "Scathing" (as one critic described this book) "Possessed" is written with no obvious agenda. One would be a fool to call it complimentary to Prince on balance, but it does cover his charitable deeds and contributions, his struggles to open up, and flashes of a guy who could be nice. If you don't find Prince Rogers Nelson an interesting character, this biography is certain to change your mind. If you do, then this work should be on your must-read list, because you ain't seen nothing yet.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not worth the $ 23 février 2017
Par Sandy Calderone - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Book is penned by a lawyer who once represented a client who sued Prince . I could feel distain for Prince as I read the book, then this fact was disclosed, and it made sense. Just ok, not worth the $ I paid ......Price soared after the death of Prince .
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rave Un2 the "Enigma" Fantastic... 1 mars 2004
Par Thomas Moody - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The epitomy of the classic "rock star", Prince has seemingly taken an inspired career and turned it into a sort of ironic mystery...author Alex Hahn presents this theory using an amazing access to personal subjects and un-released music to destroy the mystique and bring Prince into the general public's eye for all to scrutinize. What we find is a sort of mini-demagogue who remains brilliant musically, but suffers from many years of petulant behavior to systematically reduce his faithful following and, unfortunately, become nothing more than a cult figure.
Back in 1985, however, the thought of Prince being anything but a major musical influence and icon would be inconceivable...this was following the final push to superstardom that "Purple Rain", the record and movie, provided and the country/music industry was agog at what the next Prince project might be. Of course, the underwhelming and self-aggrandizing "Around the World in a Day" was the next release and this started the downward spiral that continues to this day. Author Hahn attempts to analyze this with "Possessed" and he brings it off with an amazing balance...remaining true to his literary responsibilites, he paints a realistic and forthcoming picture of the tortured musician. At once brilliant in the conceiving and performing of cutting edge music while at the same time displaying a curious bewilderment at the ever changing face of popular music, Prince remains the mystery that he so fervently relishes and in the process has virtually destroyed any fan base that could resurrect his career.
A stunningly comprehensive biography, Hahn shows the entire Prince career from his childhood up to and including the 2001 release of "The Rainbow Children". Riding the emotional and psychological roller-coaster that was Prince, we see the meteoric rise and subsequent demise of this influential artist and also the human waste he laid as a side product...his (Prince's) treatment of "friends and associates" is disturbing and speakes to (in my opinion) a lingering psychosis. Conversely, Hahn, again using amazing access to unreleased recorded material, shows Prince to be prolific and brilliant in his conception of and performance of many major turns in his musicianship. Indeed, the few unreleased tracks that I have personally heard would make for a great album and it's hard to conceive that this level of great music is still "in the vault".
Hahn covers all the important episodes in this star-crossed career...even sharing some new information that former "hard-core" fans never knew...the homosexual relationship of Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman was new to me and I was a fan at the inception of the "Revolution"...the interaction of fellow musicians and subsequent denial of artistic credit (i.e. Rosie Gaines and Melvoin) is part of this afore mentioned disturbing psychotic behavior and was also a surprise to me. What astounded me the most, however, was the continued denial on the part of Prince towards the burgeoning rate of change in the popular music world and his denail of this fact. He continued to think that he was one record away from the "Purple Rain" type of mega-stardom and Hahn presents this part of the story in sober terms...I certainly felt the frustration that most fans assuredly went through and this feeling is the most prevelant throughout this work. Time and again, a new idea or initiative was started by Prince, only to be reduced or disintegrated by the ever-present "haughtiness" that only served to limit his career growth and is something that he continues to pay for in his musical standing today.
Hahn does serve the music fan well, however, with his many reviews of some of Prince's classic music...he raves about "Controversy", "1999", "Sign O the Times" and, of course "Purple Rain". Some of the later works ("Graffiti Bridge", "Lovesexy" and "Emancipation") that I thought were pure genius were sort of described as episodic and partly rationalized into the spiraling downward turn in Prince's career and music...unfairly, I felt, but an opinion that I respected given the depth of Hahn's research. Closing out the book is an impressive discography of all Prince's works and his part assisitance in others (Bangles, Stevie Nicks, Sheena Easton...etc).
Whether you love him or hate him...or even if you're just a popular music fan in general, you'd do well to read about the rise and fall of Prince in this book. A more interesting story you won't find (yes even given the latest Michael Jackson fiascos) and a story that has you at once criticising and conversely hoping for a more fortunate outcome, Alex Hahn is to be commended for a comprehensive, scholarly and entertaining look at one of Rock's remianing mysteries. I recommend this book very highly.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good book 2 mars 2017
Par Shoshana - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Very well written and informative.
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