Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince

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Watson-Guptill Publications, Incorporated, 2004 - Music - 288 pages
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Drawing upon hundreds of interviews and using many sources unavailable to others, author Alex Hahn has created a page-turning biography on one of the most dynamic, talented, and controversial performers ever to don backless pants on national television. Possessed unveils the psychology of this tortured, messianic artist whose ceaseless reinventions have at times rendered him a profoundly original artist, while at other times threatened to become a mockery of himself and his music. Recollections from friends, employees, sound engineers, journalists, and industry insiders place readers right in the middle of some of Prince's most awe-inspiring recording and song writing sessions. They also relate, in often shocking detail, Prince's most publicized relationships with Kim Basinger, Carmen Electra, Vanity, Apollonia Kotero, and many more; reveal how Prince plagiarized band members' musical ideas; and explain why he has become such an isolated figure.

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Review: Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince

User Review  - Chambers Stevens - Goodreads

I liked this. But...I like Per Neilson's book better. Still a solid Prince bio. Read full review

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User Review  - Max Williamson - Goodreads

Certainly not the most flattering of biographies, but certainly revealing, and feels accurate. Next best biog to Dave Hill's (so wish he would update that) Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Alex Hahn, a resident of Boston, has written for the Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle. Also an attorney, Hahn defended Uptown, the leading Prince fanzine, in a suit brought by the artist himself.

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