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21 Nights

Randee St. Nicholas

21 Nights is an official release issued as a photo record of Prince‘s historic 21 date run at London’s O2 Arena for the Earth Tour, likewise known as 21 Nights In London. The book features 124 colour photos over 256 pages, shot by Randee St. Nicholas (director of the Gett Off video and photographer for many of Prince’s album covers), also contains photos taken of Prince in Prague during a break in the tour (around 3 September 2007). The accompanying CD Indigo Nights is also included as an insert. The CD features recordings captured during the after shows performed at the IndigO2 night club. The book reached number 9 on the New York Times Best Sellers list for non-fiction, aided in the main by the inclusion of the CD only available with this hardback book (ISBN 978-1-4165-5444-8). The retail price was $55 (£30).

Synopsis

Masterful composer, multi-faceted musician, international megastar and cultural icon Prince presents his first book, 21 Nights, a stunning multi-media volume offering a rare glimpse into the life, lyrics, and mystique of one of the most notable and prolific performers of our time. This beautifully designed photographic essay flows from Prince’s sensational, unprecedented, record-breaking, sold-out 21 concerts in 21 nights at London’s O2 Arena in 2007. Juxtaposing his duelling worlds of music and solitude, it will incorporate Prince’s evocative poetry and lyrics to new songs and other selections, and 124 full-colour, sumptuous, never-before-published images by celebrated photographer Randee St. Nicholas. As part of the dimensional experience, it will also feature Indigo Nights, a CD capturing Prince’s speak-easy, after-hours, raw, live after-show sessions of pure unadulterated jams. For the first time in 21 Nights, Prince is seen behind the scenes. Randee St. Nicholas, renowned for her rich visuals, deft touch, and distinctive style, was given access to Prince’s life and career, providing a nuanced and unparalleled view of the artist, accompanying him on stage, backstage, and into his sleeping quarters. Indigo Nights, which includes the live version of the song 3121, will not be available in any other format. The book jacket is printed with a black and silver duotone paper-over-board, elegantly sealed in a purple slip case with foil stamping shrink wrapped for protection.

Prince Opus

Prince Opus: 21 Nights

On 10 April 2015, 21 Nights was rereleased, with a leatherbound, gold Prince love symbol embossed cover and slipcase set called Prince Opus. The set contained an exclusive Prince love symbol branded iPod preloaded with the digital version of the album Indigo Nights, plus documentary footage of a specially shot behind the scenes view of The Earth Tour. Prince Opus was limited to 950 units and priced at $2,100.

Data

Official
Yes
Author
Randee St. Nicholas
Publisher
Simon & Schuster Ltd
Released
30 September 2008
Format
Hardback
ISBN
978-1416554448

Related Releases

Indigo Nights

Indigo Nights

NPG Records

Released
30 September 2008
Format
CD (76:51)

Indigo Nights is the CD insert accompanying the photo book 21 Nights. Comprised of soundboard  recordings from two after shows during The Earth Tour performed at London’s IndigO2 club on 17 and 22 September 2007. See here for tracklist.

Prince Opus

Prince Opus

Opus Media Group

Released
10 April 2015
Format
iPod

This is a purple leather bound copy of the book 21 Nights, but presented within a velvet and gold Prince symbol embossed slipcase. This high-end $2,100 and 17kg product contained also an exclusive and numbered limited edition (950 units) of the Prince Opus iPod. The iPod itself was preloaded with 40 minutes of video documentary filmed about and during The Earth Tour with concert and behind the scenes footage; all available only with this release. The iPod was also preloaded with the entire audio of the Indigo Nights album.

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