The print date for this issue of MSR also happens to mark what would have been the 60th birthday of Prince Rogers Nelson. As Prince’s faith journey ultimately led him away from celebrating birthdays, I will respect his beliefs and refrain from wishing him a happy one here. As fate would have it, however, the month of June also happens to be Black Music Month, which by a bit … [Read more...]
A space for articles pertaining to the life, legacy and passing of Prince.
Editor’s Note: Welcome to the launch of “Purple Music: Musings on the Minneapolis Sound,” a new column by writer Tony Kiene. With this column, Kiene will highlight the lasting legacy of the late Prince, and by extension, the many artists who have played a pivotal role in shaping what’s commonly known as “the Minneapolis Sound.” Enjoy the first installment … [Read more...]
The Twin Cities and beyond will be awash in purple this week as Prince fans mark the two-year anniversary of the music legend’s April 21, 2016 passing. The University of Minnesota symposium and panel discussions are at capacity, but there's still plenty to do to celebrate the Purple One’s legacy. Below we’ve compiled a list of a few events in the Twin Cities and beyond. Let … [Read more...]
A bitter cold draped “Salute to Prince” night at Super Bowl Live in downtown Minneapolis on Monday evening. It was cold enough that the singers seemed unable to perform without mentioning the dire weather. But even with the frigid four-degree temperature steadily dropping into the night, the cold couldn’t stop attendees from dancing and reminiscing. Swarming the capacity of … [Read more...]
Jim Walsh has been a Prince fan since the ’80s. So in 1993, when he went to Pioneer Press as a music critic, it was an opportunity for him to focus his work on the music legend. The result of 11 years of covering the artist has produced Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ’90s, released in January of this year. The book focuses on the life and music of Prince. In the … [Read more...]