From the MinnPost archives: three great reads about Prince

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Prince performing at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in 2013.

Iconic musician Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park recording studio in Chanhassen Thursday morning. He was 57. Born in Minneapolis as Prince Rogers Nelson, the pop music icon released 39 albums over a career that spanned almost four decades. Here, a trio of stories on Prince that have appeared in MinnPost over the years: 

“Purple refrain: Alan Light on Prince, ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘Let’s Go Crazy’”
A Q&A by longtime music writer Jim Walsh with Alan Light, the author of the 2015 book “Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of ‘Purple Rain.’”

“Prince at Paisley Park: Return of the funk master”

Another piece by Walsh, this one’s a review of a 2009 show at Paisley Park, at which Prince “tore it up over three hours … like a cutting-edge artist who now seems content to operate as the best retro-funk band leader on the planet.”

“The night Prince didn’t play the Dakota”

MinnPost columnist Pamela Espeland’s story about Prince – or, rather, the absence of Prince — gets to something that was as inescapable about the man as his musical virtuosity: His penchant to be the center of attention, even when he wasn’t anywhere near the action.

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