This bibliography will be updated as the blog expands. Links/page citations provided where possible in the posts. If you have any tips for good sources I’m missing, let me know.


Azhar, Mobeen. Prince: Chapter and Verse–A Life in Photographs (Sterling, 2016).

Beaulieu, Allen. Prince: Before the Rain (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2018).

Bream, Jon. Prince: Inside the Purple Reign (Simon & Schuster, 1984).

Brown, Jake. Prince ‘In the Studio’: 1975-1995 (Colossus Books, 2010).

Cateforis, Theo. Are We Not New Wave?: Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s (University of Michigan Press, 2011).

Davis, Miles, with Quincy Troupe. Miles: The Autobiography (Simon & Schuster, 1990).

Dickerson, Dez. My Time with Prince: Confessions of a Former Revolutionary (Pavilion Press, 2003).

Draper, Jason. Prince: Chaos, Disorder, and Revolution (Backbeat Books, 2011). 

Garcia, Mayte. The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince (Hachette Books, 2017).

Greenman, Ben. Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God, and Genius in the Music of Prince (Henry Holt and Company, 2017).

Hahn, Alex. Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince (Billboard Books, 2003).

–, and Laura Tiebert. The Rise of Prince 1958-1988 (Mad Cat Press, 2017).

Hill, Dave. Prince: A Pop Life (Faber, 1989).

James, Rick. The Confessions of Rick James: “Memoirs of a Super Freak” (Colossus Books, 2007).

–, with David Ritz. Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James (Atria Books, 2014).

Jones, Liz. Slave to the Rhythm: The Artist Formerly known as Prince (Warner Books, 1997).

Light, Alan. Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain (Atria Books, 2014).

Morton, Brian. Prince: A Thief in the Temple (Canongate Books, 2007).

Nilsen, Per. Dance, Music, Sex, Romance – Prince: The First Decade (Firefly, 1999).

–. The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Music of Prince (Uptown, 2004).

O’Neal, Alexander. All True, Man (St. James’s House, 2017).

Prince. Prince and the New Power Generation: World Tour (Hill Shorter Limited, 1992).

–, ed. Dan Piepenbring. The Beautiful Ones (NPG Music Publishing/Spiegler & Grau, 2019).

Ro, Ronin. Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks (Macmillan, 2011).

Roby, Steven, ed. Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix (Chicago Review Press, 2012).

Shapiro, Harry, and Caesar Glebbeek. Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy (St. Martin’s Griffin, 1995).

Tannenbaum, Rob, and Craig Marks. I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution (Penguin, 2012).

Thorne, Matt. Prince: The Man and His Music (Agate Publishing, 2016).

Touré. I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon (Atria Books, 2013).

Tudahl, Duane. Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).

–. Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984 – Expanded Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).

Vail, Mark. Vintage Synthesizers: Pioneering Designers, Groundbreaking Instruments, Collecting Tips, Mutants of Technology (Backbeat Books, 2000).

White, Timothy. Rock Lives: Profiles and Interviews (Henry Holt and Company, 1991).

Articles & Posts

Abramovich, Alex, and Emily Barton. “All is Vanity: Part 1.” The Paris Review, February 17, 2016.

Adler, Bill. “Will the Little Girls Understand?” Rolling Stone, February 19, 1981. Prince Vault.

Als, Hilton. “I Am Your Conscious, I Am Love: A paean 2 Prince.” Harpers, December 2012.

AOL Live. Chat with the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, July 22, 1997. Posted on Lipstick Alley, September 27, 2016.

Aswad, Jem. “Former Warner Bros. CEO Mo Ostin Recalls His Long Relationship With Prince: ‘He Was a Fearless Artist.'” Billboard, April 26, 2016.

–. “Prince Remembered by Three Key Women in His Life.” Variety, June 7, 2019.

–. “Prince the Prankster: Marc Anthony, Bobby Z and More Remember His Humor (and an Epic Food Fight).” Variety, June 7, 2018.

–. “Sheila E. Looks Back on Prince: Their Collaborations, Engagement & Lifelong Love.” Billboard, April 26, 2016.

Backer, Rya. “Stevie Nicks Wants to Work with Timbaland, Opens Up about Collaborating with Prince.” MTV News, April 2, 2009.

Bennett, Kim Taylor. “The Man Who Discovered Prince.” Noisey, May 24, 2016.

Best, Tony. “Prince tapped ‘godfather of the music video’ Chuck Statler to helm the ill-fated film The Second Coming.” Wax Poetics, 2012; reposted April 21, 2016.

Bishop, Pete. “Was Prince Worth Waiting For?” Pittsburgh Press, March 1, 1983: A-13. Google News.

Bream, Jon. “Clark long remembered his tough interview with a quiet Prince.” Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 3, 2013.

–. “World of music gets a sexy Prince.” Minneapolis Star, February 6, 1980. Prince Vault.

Buchalter, Gail. “Her Romance with Prince Hit the Rocks, but Vanity’s Singing Career is Going Grrr-Eat.” People, October 15, 1984.

Christgau, Robert. “Prince: Consumer Guide Reviews.”

Collier, Aldore. “Vanity Tells Why She Gave Up Sexy Image and Became Born-Again Christian.” Jet, January 11, 1993: 58-60.

Cornish, Audie. “‘His Music Does the Talking’: Manager Owen Husney on Prince’s Legacy.” All Things Considered, NPR, April 21, 2016.

Coryat, Karl. “His Highness Gets Down!” Bass Player, November 1999. Prince Vault.

Crampton, Robert. “Born Again.” The Times, July 18, 1998.

Crandell, Ben. “What time is it? Time for the Time.” South Florida Sun Sentinel, May 26, 2015.

Crawford, Lisa. “Nelson Finds It ‘Hard to Become Known.’” Central High Pioneer, February 13, 1976. Prince Vault.

Cymone, André. “Prince Remembered by Childhood Best Friend and Bandmate André Cymone: ‘There Was a Lot More to Him Than What People Saw.’” Billboard, April 28, 2016.

Danois, Ericka Blount. “Minneapolis music pioneer André Cymone speaks for the first time in twenty-seven years.” Wax Poetics, October 29, 2012.

Dash, Anil. “Prince’s Own Liner Notes on His Greatest Hits.” Medium, May 28, 2016.

DeCurtis, Anthony. “Prince Reclaims His Crown.” Rolling Stone, May 27, 2004.

Doershuck, Robert L. “The Sound of Emancipation.” Musician, April 1997. Prince Vault.

Dyes, K Nicola. “The Rest of My Life: Gayle Chapman Talks About Events After Prince.” Dyes Got the Answers 2 Ur ?s, August 5, 2013.

–. “The Truth: Harold Bloom Talks 2 Beautiful Nights.” Dyes Got the Answers 2 Ur ?s, October 26, 2014.

–. “The Work Pt. 1: An In-Depth Interview with Pepé Willie.” Dyes Got the Answers 2 Ur ?s, May 12, 2013.

Edwards, Gavin. “Next Out of Prince’s Vaults: The Hits He Gave Away.” The New York Times, May 29, 2019.

Elan, Priya. “Purple Reign.” The Guardian, September 19, 2008.

Ellison, J.M. “Trans Boys and Girls: Prince’s Under the Cherry Moon in the Context of Minneapolis Transgender History.” If We Knew Trans History, 2018.

Eveland, Emily. “The reemergence of André Cymone.” City Pages, March 12, 2014.

Furst, Randy. “Founders and supporters celebrate The Way’s 50th anniversary.” Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 5, 2016.

Gonzales, Michael A. “Pop Art.” Wax Poetics 67, Spring 2018: 64-71.

–.”Rock Star: Jesse Johnson.” Wax Poetics 50, January 2012. Special Edition Reprint (Wax Poetics Books, 2016): 36-40.

Graff, Gary. “Why Prince Asked for Journey’s Blessing Before Releasing ‘Purple Rain.'” Billboard, April 26, 2016.

Graustark, Barbara. “Prince: Strange Tales from André’s Basement… and Other Fantasies Come True.” Musician, September 1983. The Rock Musician: 15 Years of Interviews – The Best of Musician Magazine (Macmillan, 1994): 107-128.

Greenberg, Rudi. “The Revolution’s Mark Brown shares three of his favorite Prince tales.” The Washington Post, April 27, 2017.

Grow, Kory. “Inside Prince’s Funky First Recording Sessions.” Rolling Stone, April 26, 2016.

Hall, Rashaun. “Newcomer Alicia Keys Chooses ‘Songs In A Minor’ For Her J Records Debut.” Billboard, June 2, 2001: 22, 23.

Hamilton, Jack. “Prince Was Our Bard of One-Night Stands, and ‘Little Red Corvette’ Was Our Masterpiece.” Slate, April 21, 2016.

Harris, Keith. “Prince Stuns at Emotional ‘Piano and a Microphone’ Solo Show.” Rolling Stone, January 22, 2016.

Henderson, Eric. “Review: Prince, 1999.” Slant Magazine, December 12, 2003.

Hendricksson, Lisa. “Prince.” Minnesota Daily, April 8, 1977. Republished April 25, 2016.

Hiatt, Brian. “A Final Visit with Prince: Rolling Stone‘s Lost Cover Story.” Rolling Stone, May 2, 2016.

Hilburn, Robert. “The renegade Prince.” Los Angeles Times, November 21, 1982. Prince Vault.

Holland, Nancy J. “Prince: Postmodern Icon.” Journal of African American Studies Volume 21 Number 3, September 2017: 320-336.

Horner, Cynthia. “A Rendezvous with Prince!” Right On!, December 1979. Prince Vault.

Jackson, Kirk. “Jellybean! The Time’s Jellybean Johnson talks about Prince, the Minneapolis sound and the Blues (Part 1).” Beldon’s Blues Point, March 11, 2013.

–. “From Purple Rain to the Blues: Part 2 of our interview with the Time’s Jellybean Johnson.” Beldon’s Blues Point, March 13, 2013.

Jet. “Prince’s Protégés Climb Ladder of Success in Music.” October 7, 1985: 58-60.

. “Vanity 6 Lives Out Daring Fantasies on Stage.” January 24, 1983: 58-62.

Johnson, Charles (“The Electrifying Mojo”). Interview with Prince. WHYT 96.3, June 6, 1985. Prince in Print.

Johnson, Jesse. Facebook post, March 21, 2014.

Johnson, Robert E. “Vanity Talks about Love, Prince and New Career in Records, Films.” Jet, May 5, 1986: 60-62.

Jones, Jill. “Memories & Musings…” Liner notes. Piano & A Microphone 1983. Music by Prince. Warner Bros./NPG Records, 2018.

Karlen, Neal. “Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin: Ladies in Waiting.” Rolling Stone, April 24, 1986.

–. “Prince Talks.” Rolling Stone, October 18, 1990.

–. “Prince Talks: The Silence is Broken.” Rolling Stone, September 12, 1985.

Keller, Martin. “Portrait of the Artist as a Native Son.” Minnesota Monthly, March 1997. White Mansion.

–. “Remembering Prince: Our ‘shining Prince’ in 1981. City Pages, January 21, 1981. Republished April 27, 2016.

–. “Remembering Prince: The power and the glory, the Minneapolis story.” Twin Cities Reader, January 19, 1979. Republished in City Pages, April 27, 2016.

Kiene, Tony. “‘THERE WAS NOBODY LIKE HIM’: Peggy McCreary Reminisces About Recording Prince and the Front Row Seat from which She Watched Him Conquer the 80s.” PRN Alumni Foundation, July 12, 2019.

KSTP. “Candid Interview with Local Photographer Reveals Prince Pre-Fame.” WDAZ ABC, May 24, 2016.

LaVecchia, Olivia, and Andy Mannix. “The CC Club: An oral history.” City Pages, May 1, 2013.

Lewis, Miles Marshall. “Paisley Diaries Volume 5 – Jill Jones: Violet Blues (Part 1 of 2).” Soulhead, January 22, 2020.

–. “Paisley Diaries Volume 5 – Jill Jones: Violet Blues (Part 2 of 2).” Soulhead, January 22, 2020.

Lifton, Dave. “Prince Lays Out His Worldview on ‘D.M.S.R.’: 365 Prince Songs in a Year.” Diffuser, June 2, 2017.

Loder, Kurt. “Mick Jagger: He’s Hot, He’s Sexy and He’s Alive.” Rolling Stone, November 24, 1983.

–. “O(+> Interview with Kurt Loder.” MTV, 1999. Transcript posted on The Iconic Prince, August 7, 2017.

Marchese, David. “Members of the Revolution Share Their 5 Favorite Prince Stories.” Vulture, March 20, 2017.

Marcus, Greil. “Food Fight: Real Life Rock Top 10, 1981.” December 1981. Republished April 22, 2016.

Matos, Michaelangelo. “Do It All Night: The Story of Prince’s Dirty Mind.” Pitchfork, October 6, 2015.

–. “Everybody Is a Star: How the Rock Club First Avenue Made Minneapolis the Center of Music in the ’80s.” Pitchfork, March 14, 2016.

McLean, Craig. “Dev Hynes on his new music as Blood Orange, fluid sexuality and why he still suffers from panic attacks.” ES Magazine, July 28, 2016.

Miller, Debby. “Prince’s Hot Rock: The Secret Life of America’s Sexiest One-Man Band.” Rolling Stone, April 28, 1983.

Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Oral History: Prince’s Life, as Told by the People who Knew Him Best.” 2004, republished April 29, 2016.

Mullen, Mike. “Meet the woman who inspired Prince’s ‘Little Red Corvette.’” City Pages, August 11, 2016.

Norment, Lynn. “Ebony Interview with Prince.” Ebony, July 1986, 29-36.

Numero Group. “The Many Phases of Moonsound.” July 30, 2013.

–. “Sue Ann Carwell.” Accessed November 2, 2016.

Ocean, Frank. “I’m not even gonna say rest in peace…”, April 21, 2016.

Olson, Jayne Haugen. “A Soldier in Prince’s Revolution.” Mpls St Paul, December 5, 2016.

Pendleton, Tonya. “A Portrait of The Artist: His Purple Reign Continues.” Philadelphia Daily News, July 3, 1998.

People. “Inside Prince’s Risqué – and Secretive – Life.” November 19, 1984; republished April 21, 2016. “Prince vs Rick James: the Fire It Up tour 1980.” Posted by user OldFriends4Sale, June 1, 2009.

–. “June7’s Exclusive ‘Org’ Interview w/ Sharon Nelson – Part I.” Posted by user June7, August 10, 2017.

–. “June7’s Exclusive ‘Org’ Interview w/ Sharon Nelson – Part II.” Posted by user June7, August 17, 2017.

Raiss, Liz. “The Stories Behind Some of Prince’s Iconic Early Album Cover Photos.” The Fader, April 21, 2016.

Renzetti, Jackie. “Music History Spotlight: ‘Just Another Sucker’ and Prince’s early career.” The Current blog, May 8, 2016.

Riemenschneider, Chris. “Minneapolis R&B vet Pierre Lewis resurfaces with Prince connection.” Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 22, 2013.

Rockwell, John. “Prince Performs in New York.” The New York Times, February 18, 1980.

Ryan, Mike. “The Behind-The-Scenes Story Of Prince’s ‘Little Red Corvette’ Video.” Uproxx, April 21, 2017.

Sacks, Leo. “The Time Is Leaving Controversy To Prince.” Billboard, December 12, 1981: 44, 49.

Salewicz, Chris. “Prince: Strutting with the New Soul Monarch.” New Musical Express, June 1981. Republished in The Guardian, August 14, 2013.

Shawhan, Jason. “Dez Dickerson on Prince, Purple Rain, and the Most Insane Thing He’s Seen on Stage.” Nashville Scene, November 18, 2014.

Shore, Michael. “The Prince Interview.” MTV, 1985; reprinted in Rock & Soul, July 1986. Prince Vault.

Sodomsky, Sam. “What It Was Like to Be the Only Other Person in the Studio With Prince, According to His Engineer Peggy McCreary.” Pitchfork, June 11, 2019.

Swensson, Andrea. “Andre Cymone reflects on growing up with Prince and releasing his first solo material in two decades.” The Current blog, November 5, 2012.

–. “Then and Now: The Capri Theatre, where Prince played his first solo show.” The Current blog, January 10, 2014.

Tampa Bay Times. “Biggest regret in 2008: Not publishing this Wendy and Lisa interview.” Tampa Bay Times, December 30, 2008.

Thompson, Ahmir “Questlove.” “33 Reasons Why Prince Is Hip-Hop.” Wax Poetics 50, January 2012. Special Edition Reprint (Wax Poetics Books, 2016): 12-18.

Thomson, Graeme. “There was just so much music in him.” Uncut, August 2018: 58-70.

Till, Rupert. “Pop stars and idolatry: an investigation of the worship of popular music icons, and the music and cult of Prince.” Journal of Beliefs and Values Volume 31 Number 1, June 2010: 69-80.

Tucker, Ken. “Prince: Dirty Mind.” Rolling Stone, February 19, 1981.

–. “Publishers Cash In on the Prince.” Boca Raton News, November 25, 1984.

–. “Remembering Legendary Musician Prince, A ‘Strikingly Original’ Icon.” Fresh AirNPR, April 22, 2016.

Turman, Katherine. “One Year After Prince’s Death, Wendy and Lisa Are Ready to Mourn Through Song.” Esquire, April 21, 2017.

Uptown. “I Like What You’re Doing: An Exclusive Interview with Owen Husney – Part 1.” Issue 38, Summer 1999.

Van Nguyen, Dean. “Big Time: Morris Day.” Wax Poetics 50, January 2012. Special Edition Reprint (Wax Poetics Books, 2016): 43-48.

Ward, Steven. “Prince hired, fired ’80s R&B star Alexander O’Neal.” The Clarion-Ledger, April 28, 2016.

Wawzanek, Bryan. “That Time Prince Got Booed Off the Rolling Stones’ Stage.” Ultimate Classic Rock, October 8, 2016.

Weatherford, Ashley. “Understanding the Politics of Prince’s Hair.” New York, April 22, 2016.

Wilen, Dennis. Interview excerpts. Los Angeles Herald Examiner, March 27, 1981. Prince Vault.

Wilkening, Matthew. “Dr. Fink Reveals Just How Quickly He and Prince Wrote ‘Dirty Mind’: 365 Prince Songs in a Year.” Diffuser, May 4, 2017.

Williams, Larry. “The Revolution Pays Tribute to Its Fallen Leader, Prince.” Las Vegas Weekly, June 14, 2017.


Barocio, Librado. The Original 7ven Story. Originally released 2011. YouTube, February 9, 2017.

Bloom, Howard. “Prince – The Passing of a Legend.” Howard Bloom Saves the Universe, April 25, 2016.

Current, The. “Bobby Z on Prince’s track ‘Delirious.’” YouTube, October 26, 2018.

Dean, Michael. “Andre Cymone Interview.” The Prince Podcast, April 23, 2016.

–. “Mi-Ling Stone Poole.” Podcast Juice, October 2, 2017.

–. “Tyka Nelson Interview.” The Prince Podcast, April 24, 2016.

Dr. Funkenberry. “2017 or 1969? Andre Cymone Talks about His New Album, Black Lives Matter, the NPG & Making Sure People Don’t Revise Prince History.” The Dr. Funk Podcast, July 8, 2017.

Hautala, Elke. “Beautiful Nights Road Trip — In Search of Gayle Chapman.” YouTube, February 27, 2013.

Livingston, Jennie. Paris is Burning. Academy Entertainment, 1990.

Morris, Nat. “Andre Cymone 1982 Interview.” Originally broadcast on The Scene, 1982. YouTube, May 27, 2010.

Nileskar, Mats. “Jesse Johnson and Miguel on Prince.” Originally broadcast on Swedish Radio/P3, date unknown. YouTube, April 22, 2016.

Questlove. “Episode 95 feat. Jesse Johnson Pt. I.” Questlove Supreme, August 2018.

Simpson, Donnie. “Jesse Johnson on Video Soul.” Originally broadcast on Video Soul, BET, 1986. YouTube.

Sutherland, Steve. Interview, June 6, 1981. Mixcloud, April 2016.

Swensson, Andrea. “Episode 2: Rearrange.” Prince: The Story of 1999, November 26, 2019.

–. “Episode 3: The Idolmaker.” Prince: The Story of 1999, December 3, 2019.

VH1. “Prince Chris Rock Interview – Best Document 2016.” Originally broadcast on VH1 to One, February 1997. YouTube, May 29, 2016.

Other Resources

4theFunk: The Ultimate Guide 2 Prince Music
Prince Tour History 1979-2016
Prince Vault