Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain (Hardcover)

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Alan Light's profile of Prince and Purple Rain's place in the strange tapestry of the 1980s is fascinating as it is multi-faceted. LET'S GO CRAZY is not a love letter to "the purple one" as much as an examination of eccentricity and exploration of celebrity. But for readers who do want to know more about Prince, the most rewarding thing about this book is that his words are in here, too. Sure, there are also thoughts from key players like fellow former bandmates Lisa and Wendy, but Light understands that no manifesto on Purple Rain would be complete without the man himself. If you want a VIP pass to what it was like to make the record and the movie, from their synthesis to their bombastic 30 year legacy, this is your ticket.

— Annalia


From the former senior editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Holy or the Broken, called "thoughtful and illuminating" by The New York Times, a new book on the unlikely coming-to-be of Prince's now legendary album.

Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film--each one a commercial success and cultural milestone. How did this semi-autobiographical musical masterpiece that blurred R&B, pop, dance, and rock sounds come to alter the recording landscape and become an enduring touchstone for successive generations of fans?

Purple Rain is widely considered to be among the most important albums in music history and often named the best soundtrack of all time. It sold over a million copies in its first week and blasted to #1 on the charts, where it would remain for a full six months and eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide. It spun off three huge hit singles, won Grammys and an Oscar, and took Prince from pop star to legend.

Coinciding with the thirtieth anniversary year of Purple Rain's release, acclaimed music journalist Alan Light takes a timely look at the making and incredible popularizing of this once seemingly impossible project. With impeccable research and in-depth interviews with people who witnessed Prince's audacious vision becoming a reality, Light reveals how a rising but not yet established artist from the Midwest was able not only to get Purple Rain made, but deliver on his promise to conquer the world.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781476776729
ISBN-10: 1476776725
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: December 9th, 2014
Pages: 304
Language: English