THE BEAUTIFUL ONES is the official story of Prince's life, told through his own words, work, and personal effects, illustrated in beautiful colour full-colour . It will be an intimate, unconventional narrative, echoing his mantra of creativity, community and identity, giving an unprecedented and inspiring insight into the life of the global superstar.
Prince Rogers Nelson is one of the most popular and
influential musical acts of all time. Known for his style and
range, Prince's prolific music career included an ever-evolving
sound that blended pop, R&B, hip-hop, jazz and soul. Prince
sold over 100 million albums worldwide, making him one of the
best-selling artists of all time. He won seven GRAMMY Awards, a
Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film "Purple
Rain." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004,
the first year of his eligibility. Prince tragically passed away at
his Paisley Park home on April 21, 2016. His legacy lives on
through the timeless messages of love in his music and the
countless ways his work has touched lives.
Dan Piepenbring is a writer and former editor at The Paris Review.
"A triumph...The Beautiful Ones rivals the Beastie Boys Book - or
even your favourite Prince song - as a masterclass in the bottling
of its subject's seductive essence... his presence in this book is
so strong that it's hard to believe he has really left the
building. *****" * Mojo *
"Handsomely presented, visually sumptuous... These tantalising pages will only enhance the enigmatic pop star's mystique. Fluidly written, intimate and warm... it offers glimpses, partial and alluring." * The Times *
"Prince remains as enigmatic as ever. And yet, it is in the very fragmentary structure of the book that the essence of the man comes alive...In a world of identikit pop stars terrified of upsetting the apple cart, this is a book that reminds us that Prince truly was one of a kind." * Irish Independent *
"The Beautiful Ones is for everyone. It doesn't matter whether you're a Prince fanatic or if your interest is simply piqued by all things music or pop culture: The book is worth picking up.The Beautiful Ones is not a read, but an experience, an immersion inside the mind of a musical genius. You are steeped in Prince's images, his words, his essence... The book can be a starting point for a Prince fascination, or a continuation of long-standing admiration. Either way, it will deepen the connection of any reader with the musical icon." * USA Today *
"It's both a pleasure and a surprise to say that although The Beautiful Ones may not satisfy fans' wildest dreams, it delivers much, much more than we had any reason to expect. As is clear from editor Dan Piepenbring's very long intro, Prince took the project very seriously, and it shows in the work he delivered. Although the actual autobiography segment of this book ends at the end of Prince's teens, it shines an intimate and revealing light on the least-known period of his life - his childhood - which is embellished with family photos, notes and other ephemera." * Variety *