March 14, 2004

The Purple Genuis

VIA Anil Dash's Daily Links Blog (of course, Anil is a big fan of Prince)

Prince's crowning achievements

No one understands Prince. The purple, the name changes, the seemingly never-ending parade of exotically named, misguided would-be singers, the ongoing love-hate affair with record labels? It's all so hard to explain.

Nevertheless, Prince is easy to appreciate. He fused pop, rock, soul and funk into something completely new, an irresistible concoction that became known as "The Minneapolis Sound" and ruled the radio in the '80s, and he continues to influence current artists from OutKast to Justin Timberlake. Monday, he becomes one of only a handful of artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the first year of eligibility. And 26 years into his purple reign, the 45-year-old Prince is revving up to surprise his fans and convert nonbelievers again with a new album and a new tour, both launching this month.

Posted by ronn at March 14, 2004 11:51 AM

Is Prince 45 already? God, I feel old! Well he's still great and he ages so gracefully. Posted by: don on March 14, 2004 08:31 PM
Don: Don't.Remind.Me! I feel soooo old. I remember when Purple Rain first premiere. I was a HS Soph and just beginning my fascination with the Purple One. Can't believe it's been that long!! Posted by: ronn on March 15, 2004 05:02 PM