Let's Go Crazy

Let's Go Crazy

Prince and the Making of Purple Rain

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York City :, Atria Books,, 2014, ©2014.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476776729
Branch Call Number: 782. 42092 PRI L
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Let us go crazy


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ehbooklover May 28, 2016

3.5 stars. One of my favourite albums growing up was Purple Rain. So when Prince unexpectedly died, I was pretty upset. I decided to read this book when I saw another fan post about it on Litsy. It was really quite interesting. I learned lots of stuff that I didn't know and I enjoyed the trip down Memory Lane. That said, Prince was notoriously private and because of this, the book had no pictures and only archival interviews. Recommended for any fans of this talented musician.

Apr 24, 2016

A really great read about the making of Purple Rain.

ChristchurchLib Mar 01, 2015

We defy you not to get That Song stuck in your head while reading this bestselling history of the making of both the film and the album called Purple Rain. Released just in time to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the movie's release, Let's Go Crazy is part oral history from the musicians, filmmakers, and others involved in Purple Rain; part biography of Prince himself, though the artist was not directly involved in this project; and part analysis of the changing cultural era. Popular Culture newsletter March 2015.

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