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Prince | Official Podcast

Prince | Official Podcast

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The official podcast dedicated to Prince, the singular artist and visionary. Featuring explorations of Prince's massive discography and new discoveries from his legendary vault of unreleased recordings, each podcast episode features unforgettable anecdotes and insights from his trusted collaborators. Brought to you by The Prince Estate, which passionately presents Prince's life and work and aims to immerse fans, old and new, in Prince's story.
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The story of 1999 begins with one of the most legendary concert debacles in rock history. When an October 1981 crowd of Rolling Stones fans greeted opener Prince with scorn, it solidified his resolve to forge a new path. Hear the first tracks Prince recorded in that pivotal moment, which are included in the Super Deluxe Edition reissue of 1999, alongside stories from bandmates Dez Dickerson, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink and Bobby Z.; engineer Peggy McCreary; journalist Robert Hilburn; and vault archivist Michael Howe.
What happens when a successful artist suddenly becomes a global superstar? For Prince, that transformation happened during his momentous Purple Rain Tour, which embarked at a moment when he had the number 1 song, number 1 album, and number 1 film in America. Host Andrea Swensson invites the members of The Revolution—Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby “Z” Rivkin, Mark Brown, and Matt “Dr.” Fink—and friends along for a story about the Purple Rain Tour, from the red-hot premiere of Purple Rain to their impressive 98-show tour run, which sold 1.7 million tickets. This two-part podcast series will be your first chance to hear the newly remastered audio from Prince and The Revolution: Live, their historic performance at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York that was broadcast via satellite to millions and released as a Grammy-nominated concert film. The concert has been entirely remixed from the original 2” multitrack master reels by engineer Chris James and remastered by Bernie Grundman, bringing you closer to Prince and The Revolution’s electric performances than ever before. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Story of Diamonds And Pearls details the formation of Prince’s band The New Power Generation and the creation of his chart-topping 1991 album. Host Andrea Swensson is joined by the founding members of the NPG to share vault material and stories from this pivotal era.  A new season of the Official Prince Podcast produced in collaboration with Paisley Park Enterprises, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Records. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The story of 1999 begins with one of the most legendary concert debacles in rock history. When an October 1981 crowd of Rolling Stones fans greeted opener Prince with scorn, it solidified his resolve to forge a new path. Hear the first tracks Prince recorded in that pivotal moment, which are included in the Super Deluxe Edition reissue of 1999, alongside stories from bandmates Dez Dickerson, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink and Bobby Z.; engineer Peggy McCreary; journalist Robert Hilburn; and vault archivist Michael Howe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
As Prince pulled away from the spotlight in the winter of 1981-1982, his creative drive began whirring faster than ever. Hear some of the never-before-released material recorded by Prince during this prolific era, alongside stories about his two early '80s workspaces: his home studio on Lake Riley in Chanhassen, Minnesota; and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles. Host Andrea Swensson interviews Bobby Z., Lisa Coleman, Duane Tudahl, and Peggy McCreary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
With reams of material created over the winter of 1981-1982, Prince turned his attention toward refining his emerging double album and shaping the look and sound of protégés The Time and Vanity 6. Inspired by a 1980 movie called The Idolmaker, Prince aspired to create not just an album but a musical movement. Host Andrea Swensson interviews Dez Dickerson, Duane Tudahl, Jellybean Johnson, Brenda Bennett, Bobby Z, and Lisa Coleman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The 1999 Tour was no routine trek: referred to as the “Triple Threat Tour,” the Time and Vanity 6 toured as openers for the band starting to be known as Prince and the Revolution. By the summer of 1983, “Little Red Corvette” had become a top 10 hit and Prince was one of the first black artists to be placed into rotation on MTV. Host Andrea Swensson is joined by Brenda Bennett, Bobby Z, Tom Marzullo, Michael Howe, Matt Fink, Roy Bennett, Lisa Coleman, Jellybean Johnson, Dez Dickerson, Brittany Howard, Fred Armisen, and Nile Rodgers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In 2001, Prince was in the midst of a spiritual and musical evolution — and he was sharing that journey with his fans through his pioneering NPG Music Club and Paisley Park Celebration events. Host Andrea Swensson talks to musicians Common and Najee, Paisley Park staffer Sam Jennings, and fans Darling Nisi and Erica Thompson about this intriguing and reflective era. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In 2002 Prince and his band embarked on the global One Nite Alone… Tour, capturing the shows and aftershows for Prince’s first official live albums. Host Andrea Swensson talks to touring musicians Renato Neto and Najee, live engineer Scottie Baldwin, and Sam Jennings about these unforgettable live experiences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The story of Sign O’ The Times involves many twists, turns, and abandoned projects. We begin with key collaborators Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman as they reflect on Prince's prolific Dream Factory period, with additional insights from engineer Susan Rogers and musicians Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, Matt Fink and BrownMark. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In the winter of 1985-1986, Prince and his new fiancee Susannah Melvoin moved into a new property on Galpin Blvd. in Chanhassen, Minnesota, jumpstarting a spring and summer of nonstop creativity in Prince’s new home studio. Learn more about this space from Susannah, engineer Susan Rogers, Eric Leeds, and Atlanta Bliss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
An earthquake hits the California coastline while Prince is in L.A. recording at Sunset Sound, and has an unexpected influence on his classic song “Sign O’ The Times.” With insights from Warner Bros. Records president Lenny Waronker, engineer Susan Rogers, collaborators Susannah Melvoin, Wendy Melvoin, and Lisa Coleman, and scholars Duane Tudahl and Daphne A. Brooks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
At the conclusion of their dazzling, grueling Parade Tour, The Revolution play their final show with Prince. Hear from Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin, Dr. Fink, BrownMark, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, and Levi Seacer, Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
With news of The Revolution's breakup still fresh, Prince returned to Sunset Sound to finish his magnum opus: a sprawling three-disc set called Crystal Ball. Rather than release it, Warner Bros. Records offered a rare critique of his work, requesting that he edit it down. Hear from Warner executive Lenny Waronker, engineers Coke Johnson and Susan Rogers, and professor Daphne A. Brooks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Prince rings in 1987 by assembling his new band, finishing the artwork for his new album, and beginning intense rehearsals for the Sign O' The Times Tour. With insights from Cat Glover, Levi Seacer Jr., Dr. Fink, Alan Leeds, Jeff Katz, Karen Krattinger, Atlanta Bliss, and Eric Leeds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Prince and his band embark on the European Sign O' The Times Tour, spending several consecutive nights in Holland before returning to Paisley Park to produce the Sign O' The Times film. Hear memories from LeRoy Bennett, Dr. Fink, Atlanta Bliss, Cat Glover, Levi Seacer, Alan Leeds, and Prince fams jooZt Mattheij, Roald Bakker, Pascal Comvalius, Patrick Jordens, Maya Rudolph, and Fred Armisen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Prince rings in the New Year of 1988 with his final Sign O' The Times stage show—which included a historic on-stage collaboration with jazz legend Miles Davis. Hear from Duane Tudahl, Karen Krattinger, Cubby Colby, Alan Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, Eric Leeds, Levi Seacer Jr., Dr. Fink, and Cat Glover. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Over the course of four episodes, The Story of Welcome 2 America explores Prince’s creative output in 2010-2011, as the artist recorded his prescient and political album Welcome 2 America and then mysteriously archived it. Rather than releasing new music, he seemed to rededicate himself to the live experience, setting up unique concert residencies in cities around the world on his Welcome 2 America Tour. Host Andrea Swensson and special guest co-hosts Shelby J and Morris Hayes from Prince's legendary band the New Power Generation will take you into the studios of Paisley Park and out onto the road to learn more about this philosophical and forward-thinking period in Prince’s career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Prince's trusted vocalist and collaborator Shelby J. joins Andrea Swensson to describe how the songs on Welcome 2 America first took shape at Paisley Park in early 2010. With additional memories from Tal Wilkenfeld, Chris Coleman, Elisa Fiorillo Dease, and Liv Warfield. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Prince's longtime music director and keyboardist Morris Hayes joins Andrea Swensson to co-host an episode about the profound and prescient lyrical content on Welcome 2 America, with invaluable additional insights from Prince's former manager Kiran Sharma and his close friend, Dr. Cornel West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Conrad Mollink

I love this podcast, takes me back to the good times.

May 28th
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Karen Lee Dixon

wanted to hashing music

Nov 2nd
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Karen Lee Dixon

I grew up loving Prince and his music will always make me smile

Nov 2nd
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Cel Layne

I felt like I lost a family member when Prince died. his music was so impactful to who I am over the past 35 years .I found him when i was 10. he had a song for every emotion and situation in life. this podcast is wonderful

Sep 3rd
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George Mitchell

I think I'm more intrigued with princes early music and it's so ironic once we lose these great musicians we become more fascinated with him in a world when they were alive

Mar 22nd
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