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 a splendidly produced book... and if we are only to have fragments, then these are the very best ones to have: childhood, his complex relationship with his handsome father... and his beautiful complicated mother Mattie... this book is a fun glance, a tiny bolt from what now feels like a very distant past, and will leave you feeling nothing but huge affection for little, brilliant Skipper. * The Spectator * A compelling curiosity that finds its author orbiting around a few touchingly intimate encounters with his sphinx-like subject... with passages, lyric sheets and photographs from the Purple One himself. * Daily Telegraph *
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 (R) Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award (R) 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.