Tagged Prince

Mayte Garcia Brings Her Memories of Prince to St. Paul

The idea of reading a tell-all memoir chronicling Mayte Garcia’s 11 years with Prince has been met with a lot of fanfare but also with a bit of resistance among some of the Purple One’s fans, given how private he was before his passing a year ago. However, on Tuesday night, support, optimism, and general curiosity outweighed any criticism as a crowd packed into the University Club of St. Paul to hear Garcia read, ask her questions, and get...

The Night the Twin Cities Bled Purple

It was a cool and windy Thursday evening at Paisley Park. Normally, the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen is a quiet town on a spring weeknight—but nothing was normal about April 21, 2016. That night, I joined hundreds of mourners who flocked to Paisley Park off Highway 5. We trekked across a trail and through patches of mud, walking through dark tunnels under the highway, avoiding blocked-off areas as police tried to find a balance between allowing a memorial and...

Local Music Writer Jim Walsh Talks Concert Memories, Prince, and Beauty in Many Forms

Jim Walsh is an artist who wears many creative hats. He’s a freelance journalist, author, songwriter, musician, husband, and father—and in the last few months, he’s released two new books, Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes: Jim Walsh on Music From Minneapolis to the Outer Limits (November 2016) and Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ’90s (January 2017). Published by University of Minnesota Press, the books collect many of the columns, articles, and features he’s written as a Twin Cities...

Using Music as an Escape in the Black Community

A few notes float across my consciousness as I lie awake at 4:00 a.m., coasting through a gray night, inundated with news posts on TV, Facebook, and whatever meme posts about the failure of the American system come up. As a young boy, I was told—so often it felt scripted—that America was never going to work for me, that I would always be against it. This internalized message gave way to a commonplace depression known in most black communities:...

Paisley Park Opens Its Doors to Minnesota’s Prince Fans

This is what it’s like in the Dream Factory, oh! After a false start early last month, Paisley Park has officially opened its doors to the public, celebrating the life of Minnesotan legend Prince. It’s a one-of-a-kind tour that lets you see some of the spaces where the artist worked, created, and relaxed, and if you’re a longtime reader of this site, you know how big a fan I am of the music he created throughout his life, so...

Throwback Thursday: Bathing in the Purple Rain

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to look back at the halcyon days of 1984. A time when frills, lace, and eye shadow weren’t unheard of on men who liked New Wave. A time when the Shubert Theatre sat across from First Avenue in Minneapolis. The year 1984...

On Prince, the Right Words Will Never Be There

I’ve been trying to write a tribute piece to David Bowie for a couple of months now, wanting to express what he meant to the “different” and “unique” people of the world and why his death mattered. As more time has passed, it’s become harder and harder to finish. What can I say that hundreds of better, more eloquent people haven’t already said? The answer is probably nothing, but that doesn’t change the fact that I wanted to talk...
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