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Prince: Songer-Songwriter, Musician, and Record Producer

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father was the son of black sharecroppers. His mother considered herself multiracial. Prince's father played piano in a jazz band. When Prince was ten, his parents divorced. For a time, Prince went to live with his father, but they often fought even though they bonded over their mutual love of music. Prince wanted to become a musician in a band, but said, "If I can't make it in a band I'm coming back here and go to college and major in music." Prince did succeed. At the age of 19, he signed a one million dollar contract with Warner Bros. Records. His first album sold well, and his second sold more than one million copies. Prince developed a funky image by wearing colorful flashy clothes studded with rhinestones and other eye-catching materials. The success of his album, Purple Rain, made him an icon. It won three American Music Awards and three Grammys. Prince went on to start his own record label, Paisley Park. Nine years later he dissolved his record company and formed NPG Records. In 1996, Prince married his girlfriend Mayte Garcia. They had a son, but he died a few days after birth. Ten years later, Prince and Mayte divorced. A few years later, he married Manuela Testolini in Hawaii. At the age of fifty-two, Prince's career is still going strong. In 2008, he won a Grammy Award for the Best R&B Male Vocal Performance, for "Future Baby Mama." Prince has said, "I don't think about the future. I have to make the music I have to make now, and I have to go where the spirit takes me...and because I approach things like that, I enjoy every day so much more." Colorful photographs illustrate the text. Back material includes a chronology, a list of awards, a glossary, suggested further reading, and a list of websites. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—These biographies offer engaging overviews of these people's lives and achievements. Readers will be drawn to the appealing layout of this series. Full-color photos appear throughout, with the exception, of course, of W.E.B. Du Bois; they are in black and white or a sepia tone. Derek Jeter has some exceptional action shots that will excite young baseball fans. The sidebars flow well with the texts, allowing for a more natural read. The theme of the series is how these individuals were able to overcome the prejudices toward their race and make great achievements, but Jeter doesn't even mention the athlete's race again after it describes his heritage. Prince does elaborate on the entertainer's struggles with race. There are a few minor errors, such as a contradiction of dates in Carey, but even so, libraries needing updated biographies on these individuals might consider these volumes.—Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Marine Park, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422216149
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Series: Transcending Race in America Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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