Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984

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Rowman & Littlefield, Nov 17, 2017 - Music - 552 pages
Featuring groundbreaking, never-before-heard stories, Duane Tudahl pulls back the paisley curtain to reveal the untold story of Prince’s rise from cult favorite to the biggest rock star on the planet.

His journey is meticulously documented through detailed accounts of his time secluded behind the doors of the recording studio as well as his days on tour.

With unprecedented access to the musicians, singers, and studio engineers who knew Prince best, including members of the Revolution and the Time, Duane Tudahl weaves an intimate saga of an eccentric genius and the people and events who helped shape the groundbreaking music he created. From Sunset Sound Studios’ daily recording logs and the Warner Bros. vault of information, Tudahl uncovers hidden truths about the origins of songs such as “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Raspberry Beret” and also reveals never-before-published details about Prince’s unreleased outtakes.

This definitive chronicle of Prince’s creative brilliance during 1983 and 1984 provides a new experience of the Purple Rain album as an integral part of Prince’s life and the lives of those closest to him.
 

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Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984

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Documentary producer and director Tudahl draws on unlimited access to studio archives and interviews with Prince’s music associates and friends to produce this meticulously detailed chronicle of ... Read full review

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I loved the book and actually did not want it to be over. What a great inside look at how recordings are done, the process of what to use on an album - plus manage the feelings and emotions of the staff and those other musicians. The schedules were so intense that after reading the first month, I had to take a nap. I felt like I was there with them, which is a testament to the writing.
On a personal note, some information missing from my life due to trauma was replaced by being able to read the dates that I attended two Prince concerts during that time - being as I live in Washington DC. I knew I had been there but the dates were lost. Thanks for that, Duane.
I sincerely do not know how they kept up that pace, especially him, since he was involved in other groups, and the music would not stop in his head. How did he find the time to do all of that?
I digress.
I especially enjoyed the book the way it was chronicles by months and dates. The flow was incredible. The logs of rehearsals and use of studio time was informative as well.
Job well done!
*Negative: now there is a paperback with even more stories. Are we supposed to buy the book and read it again to get the extra stories? I don't like that, and it's not fair to those of us who purchased the book already in hard cover.
 

Contents

JANUARY 1983
1
FEBRUARY 1983
25
MARCH 1983
34
APRIL 1983
56
MAY 1983
77
JUNE 1983
86
JULY 1983
92
AUGUST 1983
111
MAY 1984
304
JUNE 1984
315
JULY 1984
337
AUGUST 1984
357
SEPTEMBER 1984
381
OCTOBER 1984
400
NOVEMBER 1984
423
DECEMBER 1984
433

SEPTEMBER 1983
143
OCTOBER 1983
173
NOVEMBER 1983
183
DECEMBER 1983
188
JANUARY 1984
200
FEBRUARY 1984
235
MARCH 1984
269
APRIL 1984
293
EPILOGUE
449
NOTE ON RESEARCH
453
NOTES
455
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
505
INDEX
511
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
523
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About the author (2017)

Duane Tudahl has worked in entertainment for over twenty-five years and has produced and/or directed documentary programming for the History Channel, CBS, GTV, Fox, Discovery, Pax, the Gospel Music Channel, the Food Channel, Tru-TV, and HGTV, among others. He has also been an editor on multiple Emmy-nominated programs, including Intervention, Unsolved Mysteries, and Cops. He is a former stand-up comic and has been writing about Prince and the Minneapolis music scene for two decades.

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