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Slave To The Rhythm

Liz Jones


In 1977 a shy teenager with an Afro and an attitude signed a record deal. Over the next two decades the shy teenager would become one of the most influential musicians in rock and pop history. He would, in fact, change the face of popular culture. Twenty years and twenty remarkable albums later – including acknowledged classics such as Sign O’ The Times and Lovesexy – the man who used to be Prince is still making music and still hitting the headlines. In 1996 alone, he divorced his record company, married a 23-year-old dancer, became a father and released the longest pop album ever. One of the last great superstars, he has crossed boundaries of race and sex, created a brand-new sound and earned a reputation as a legendary live performer.

The first biography for ten years, Slave To The Rhythm goes behind the scenes at Paisley Park for an exclusive interview with the Artist, in which he talks openly about this battle with the music industry, about his new wife, his new life, and about how he makes music. Interviews with members of his family, friends, fellow musicians, producers, dancers and managers shed new light on perhaps the most misunderstood, and certainly most elusive, icon of our time. Through its subject the book also explores the music industry at large – how artists are packaged, marketed, consumed; it looks at the racism endemic in American society; it traces Prince’s music through jazz, soul, funk, punk, and hip-hop and talks to a new generation of performers who have been influenced by him. Women who have worked with him talk about this special affinity with the opposite sex (he has written almost 1,000 songs on the subject). As Prince approaches the age of forty, this is a long, hard, look at the one star who will certainly be seeing us all into the next millennium.

Featuring a contemporary review of every album – from publications including, Rolling Stone, Spin, Vibe, The Times, and Melody Maker – Slave To The Rhythm also includes an exhaustive year-by-year discography of every Prince release, as well as material he has composed for other artists. Comprehensive and insightful, Liz Jones’ masterful biography is the definitive guide to America’s funkiest son.


Liz Jones
Time Warner
21 May 1998

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