Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday (207) Prince and Booker T


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Plus this is a wonderful way to show off Booker T.  Mommy, Daddy and Cass miss you baby!



OCTOBER 29, 2019

FROM GOODREADS: From Prince himself comes the brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time—featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death. 

Prince was a musical genius, one of the most talented, beloved, accomplished, popular, and acclaimed musicians in history. He was also a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of “Uptown” to the mythical landscape of Purple Rain to the psychedelia of “Paisley Park.” But his most ambitious creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, the greatest pop star of his era. 

The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince—a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is composed of the memoir he was writing before his tragic death, pages that brings us into Prince’s childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us into Prince’s early years as a musician, before his first album released, through a scrapbook of Prince’s writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince’s evolution through candid images that take us up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book’s fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain—the final stage in Prince’s self-creation, as he retells the autobiography we’ve seen in the first three parts as a heroic journey.

The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring’s riveting and moving introduction about his short but profound collaboration with Prince in his final months—a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he’d so carefully cultivated—and annotations that provide context to each of the book’s images. 

This work is not just a tribute to Prince, but an original and energizing literary work, full of Prince’s ideas and vision, his voice and image, his undying gift to the world.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  Really?  I've wanted to get my hands on this for 3 years!

WHAT BOOK CAN'T YOU WAIT FOR THIS WEEK???

40 comments:

  1. Your shelf could always use more Prince! And I did not know he started a memoir before his death, this blurb makes it sound like he did not get to finish it which is a shame.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I am dying to read his own words. Even if it's only 50 pages or so of the book, it will be so worth it.

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  2. I've been itching to read a biography or autobiography. This one sounds perfect, but the release day so far away, argh!

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    1. I just picked up a new one from Olivia Newton-John the other day from the library. Also, if you like Prince, the book by Mayte, The Most Beautiful, is really good.

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  3. I knew you would pick this as soon as I saw the announcement on social media!

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  4. I can see why you want this one!

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  5. I’m not the biggest Prince fan, but memoirs by musicians seem like they would be the best ones! I still need to read Springsteen’s. I have the ebook, but want to audio it because I think he reads it himself.

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    1. I read one by him a long time ago. Wonder if it's the same one or if there's been a new one released since then. I think it was called Glory Days and it had his denim-clad butt on the cover (similar to the album now that I think of it).

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  6. Oooh! This book sounds interesting! Great pick!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  7. Oh wow! This should be a really fascinating read! Hope you enjoy it! :)

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  8. Definitely sounds fascinating. Hope you enjoy it!

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  9. This looks amazing and definitely a must- get for a Prince fan I would think!!!

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    1. Most definitely. Prince fans are a pretty die-hard group.

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  10. I just heard that this book was finally getting publication! I hope you like it when you get your hands on it!

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    1. Yea, I got an email about it Tuesday which made it immediately knock off my planned choice for today.

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  11. I'm still amazed at the number of songs Prince wrote, for himself and others. I hope you enjoy your pick!

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  12. I love Prince! Good pick!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  13. This sounds like a really interesting book.

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  14. I hope this is everything you hope, Barb!

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  15. This sounds amazing. I've been a Prince fan since I was a pre-teen so could definitely see myself enjoying this.

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  16. I just heard about this one on the radio! I want to read it so bad. Have you read Mayte's book? It was really interesting.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. Yes I read it. I was prepared to not like it because I thought she was capitalizing on his death but I loved it and really gained a better understanding for her after reading it.

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  17. I hope its everything you were dreaming of. It really sounds amazing and I will totally have to add this one to my list!

    Mary

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  18. I can imagine that you want this one pretty bad! It would be a nice treat to yourself.

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    1. Yep I rarely preorder but this one calls for it!

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  19. This sounds fabulous! I'll keep my eye out for it. Thanks for the heads up. 💜

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    1. I hope it's as awesome as it sounds. I wish Prince had gotten to finish it. It would have been awesome to have a whole book in his words.

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