SO sorry for the late post. I had to take care of some important business yesterday. My last “Book of the Week” highlighted the very first Prince biography (to my knowledge), and now I’d like to talk about the most recent Prince biography: “Prince,” by Matt Thorne (released Oct. 4, 2012).
Whenever I hear about a new Prince book hitting the market, the first emotion that I feel is fear. Did the author cover my angle for my Prince book?
According to a review by The Independent, “Prince’s religious journey is hardly mentioned, despite teasers.”
I’m hopeful that because I’m focusing on just one specific area of Prince’s life, I will be able to shed just a little light on the incredible musician as a person.
I do want to commend Mr. Thorne. I know how difficult it is to cover one angle of the story; I can’t imagine the hard work he had to put in to encompass Prince’s whole life and career. The reveiwers said that Thorne references every Prince song, released and unreleased. The Independent notes that, unfortunately, there is an “absence of lyrical quotes, presumably for legal reasons.” That is an issue that I, too, will have to deal with, but that’s another blog topic…
I plan to read the book eventually, but I’m wondering what I would discover that hasn’t been covered by Alex Hahn or Per Nilsen. I agree that it seems to be a book for the hardcore Prince fan and perhaps not your average person who wants to learn more about a famous musician. I’m trying to reach both audiences with my book.
I definitely respect Thorne’s years of research, and I’d love to chat with him one day about our experiences covering this enigmatic musician.
Will you read “Prince” by Matt Thorne?