This bibliography will be updated as the blog expands. Links/page citations provided where possible in the posts. If you have any tips for good sources I’m missing, let me know.


Azhar, Mobeen. Prince: Chapter and Verse–A Life in Photographs (Sterling, 2016).

Bream, Jon. Prince: Inside the Purple Reign (Simon & Schuster, 1984).

Brown, Jake. Prince ‘In the Studio’: 1975-1995 (Colossus Books, 2010).

Davis, Miles, with Quincy Troupe. Miles: The Autobiography (Simon & Schuster, 1990).

Draper, Jason. Prince: Chaos, Disorder, and Revolution (Backbeat Books, 2011). 

Greenman, Ben. Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God, and Genius in the Music of Prince (Henry Holt and Company, 2017).

Hahn, Alex. Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince (Billboard Books, 2003).

–, and Laura Tiebert. The Rise of Prince 1958-1988 (Mad Cat Press, 2017).

Hill, Dave. Prince: A Pop Life (Faber, 1989).

James, Rick. The Confessions of Rick James: “Memoirs of a Super Freak” (Colossus Books, 2007).

–, with David Ritz. Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James (Atria Books, 2014).

Jones, Liz. Slave to the Rhythm: The Artist Formerly known as Prince (Warner Books, 1997).

Nilsen, Per. Dance, Music, Sex, Romance – Prince: The First Decade (Firefly, 1999).

–. The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Music of Prince (Uptown, 2004).

O’Neal, Alexander. All True, Man (St. James’s House, 2017).

Prince. Prince and the New Power Generation: World Tour (Hill Shorter Limited, 1992).

Ro, Ronin. Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks (Macmillan, 2011).

Thorne, Matt. Prince: The Man and His Music (Agate Publishing, 2016).

Touré. I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon (Atria Books, 2013).

Tudahl, Duane. Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).


Adler, Bill. “Will the Little Girls Understand?” Rolling Stone, February 19, 1981. Prince Vault.

AOL Live. Chat with the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, July 22, 1997. Posted on Lipstick Alley, September 27, 2016.

Aswad, Jem. “Former Warner Bros. CEO Mo Ostin Recalls His Long Relationship With Prince: ‘He Was a Fearless Artist.'” Billboard, April 26, 2016.

–. “Sheila E. Looks Back on Prince: Their Collaborations, Engagement & Lifelong Love.” Billboard, April 26, 2016.

Bennett, Kim Taylor. “The Man Who Discovered Prince.” Noisey, May 24, 2016.

Bream, Jon. “Clark long remembered his tough interview with a quiet Prince.” Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 3, 2013.

–. “World of music gets a sexy Prince.” Minneapolis Star, February 6, 1980. Prince Vault.

Christgau, Robert. “Prince: Consumer Guide Reviews.”

Cornish, Audie. “‘His Music Does the Talking’: Manager Owen Husney on Prince’s Legacy.” All Things Considered, NPR, April 21, 2016.

Crampton, Robert. “Born Again.” The Times, July 18, 1998.

Crawford, Lisa. “Nelson Finds It ‘Hard to Become Known.’” Central High Pioneer, February 13, 1976. Prince Vault.

Cymone, André. “Prince Remembered by Childhood Best Friend and Bandmate André Cymone: ‘There Was a Lot More to Him Than What People Saw.’” Billboard, April 28, 2016.

Danois, Ericka Blount. “Minneapolis music pioneer André Cymone speaks for the first time in twenty-seven years.” Wax Poetics, October 29, 2012.

Dash, Anil. “Prince’s Own Liner Notes on His Greatest Hits.” Anil Dash, May 28, 2016.

Dyes, K Nicola. “The Rest of My Life: Gayle Chapman Talks About Events After Prince.” Dyes Got the Answers 2 Ur ?s, August 5, 2013.

–. “The Truth: Harold Bloom Talks 2 Beautiful Nights.” Dyes Got the Answers 2 Ur ?s, October 26, 2014.

–. “The Work Pt. 1: An In-Depth Interview with Pepé Willie.” Dyes Got the Answers 2 Ur ?s, May 12, 2013.

Eveland, Emily. “The reemergence of André Cymone.” City Pages, March 12, 2014.

Graff, Gary. “Why Prince Asked for Journey’s Blessing Before Releasing ‘Purple Rain.'” Billboard, April 26, 2016.

Graustark, Barbara. “Prince: Strange Tales from André’s Basement… and Other Fantasies Come True.” Musician, September 1983. The Rock Musician: 15 Years of Interviews – The Best of Musician Magazine (Macmillan, 1994): 107-128.

Grow, Kory. “Inside Prince’s Funky First Recording Sessions.” Rolling Stone, April 26, 2016.

Harris, Keith. “Prince Stuns at Emotional ‘Piano and a Microphone’ Solo Show.” Rolling Stone, January 22, 2016.

Hendricksson, Lisa. “Prince.” Minnesota Daily, April 8, 1977. Republished April 25, 2016.

Hiatt, Brian. “A Final Visit with Prince: Rolling Stone‘s Lost Cover Story.” Rolling Stone, May 2, 2016.

Hillburn, Robert. “The renegade Prince.” Los Angeles Times, November 21, 1982. Prince Vault.

Horner, Cynthia. “A Rendezvous with Prince!” Right On!, December 1979. Prince Vault.

Johnson, Charles (“The Electrifying Mojo”). Interview with Prince. WHYT 96.3, June 6, 1985. Prince in Print.

Karlen, Neal. “Prince Talks: The Silence is Broken.” Rolling Stone, September 12, 1985.

–. “Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin: Ladies in Waiting.” Rolling Stone, April 24, 1986.

Keller, Martin. “Portrait of the Artist as a Native Son.” Minnesota Monthly, March 1997. White Mansion.

–. “Remembering Prince: The power and the glory, the Minneapolis story.” Twin Cities Reader, January 19, 1979. Republished in City Pages, April 27, 2016.

LaVecchia, Olivia, and Andy Mannix. “The CC Club: An oral history.” City Pages, May 1, 2013.

Loder, Kurt. “O(+> Interview with Kurt Loder.” MTV, 1999. Transcript posted on The Iconic Prince, August 7, 2017.

Matos, Michaelangelo. “Do It All Night: The Story of Prince’s Dirty Mind.” Pitchfork, October 6, 2015.

–. “Everybody Is a Star: How the Rock Club First Avenue Made Minneapolis the Center of Music in the ’80s.” Pitchfork, March 14, 2016.

Miller, Debby. “Prince’s Hot Rock: The Secret Life of America’s Sexiest One-Man Band.” Rolling Stone, April 28, 1983.

Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Oral History: Prince’s Life, as Told by the People who Knew Him Best.” 2004, republished April 29, 2016.

Norment, Lynn. “Ebony Interview with Prince.” Ebony, July 1986, 29-36.

Numero Group. “The Many Phases of Moonsound.” July 30, 2013.

–. “Sue Ann Carwell.” Accessed November 2, 2016.

Pendleton, Tonya. “A Portrait of The Artist: His Purple Reign Continues.” Philadelphia Daily News, July 3, 1998.

People. “Inside Prince’s Risqué – and Secretive – Life.” November 19, 1984; republished April 21, 2016. “Prince vs Rick James: the Fire It Up tour 1980.” Posted by user OldFriends4Sale, June 1, 2009.

–. “June7’s Exclusive ‘Org’ Interview w/ Sharon Nelson – Part I.” Posted by user June7, August 10, 2017.

–. “June7’s Exclusive ‘Org’ Interview w/ Sharon Nelson – Part II.” Posted by user June7, August 17, 2017.

Raiss, Liz. “The Stories Behind Some of Prince’s Iconic Early Album Cover Photos.” The Fader, April 21, 2016.

Renzetti, Jackie. “Music History Spotlight: ‘Just Another Sucker’ and Prince’s early career.” The Current blog, May 8, 2016.

Riemenschneider, Chris. “Minneapolis R&B vet Pierre Lewis resurfaces with Prince connection.” Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 22, 2013.

Rockwell, John. “Prince Performs in New York.” The New York Times, February 18, 1980.

Salewicz, Chris. “Prince: Strutting with the New Soul Monarch.” New Musical Express, June 1981. Republished in The Guardian, August 14, 2013.

Shore, Michael. “The Prince Interview.” MTV, 1985; reprinted in Rock & Soul, July 1986. Prince Vault.

Swensson, Andrea. “Andre Cymone reflects on growing up with Prince and releasing his first solo material in two decades.” The Current blog, November 5, 2012.

–. “Then and Now: The Capri Theatre, where Prince played his first solo show.” The Current blog, January 10, 2014.

Tampa Bay Times. “Biggest regret in 2008: Not publishing this Wendy and Lisa interview.” Tampa Bay Times, December 30, 2008.

Tucker, Ken. “Prince: Dirty Mind.” Rolling Stone, February 19, 1981.

–. “Publishers Cash In on the Prince.” Boca Raton News, November 25, 1984.

Turman, Katherine. “One Year After Prince’s Death, Wendy and Lisa Are Ready to Mourn Through Song.” Esquire, April 21, 2017.

Uptown. “I Like What You’re Doing: An Exclusive Interview with Owen Husney – Part 1.” Issue 38, Summer 1999.

Ward, Steven. “Prince hired, fired ’80s R&B star Alexander O’Neal.” The Clarion-Ledger, April 28, 2016.

Weatherford, Ashley. “Understanding the Politics of Prince’s Hair.” New York, April 22, 2016.

Wilen, Dennis. Interview excerpts. Los Angeles Herald Examiner, March 27, 1981. Prince Vault.

Wilkening, Matthew. “Dr. Fink Reveals Just How Quickly He and Prince Wrote ‘Dirty Mind’: 365 Prince Songs in a Year.” Diffuser, May 4, 2017.


Barocio, Librado. The Original 7ven Story. Originally released 2011. YouTube, February 9, 2017.

Bloom, Howard. “Prince – The Passing of a Legend.” Howard Bloom Saves the Universe, April 25, 2016.

Dean, Michael. “Andre Cymone Interview.” The Prince Podcast, April 23, 2016.

–. “Tyka Nelson Interview.” The Prince Podcast, April 24, 2016.

Dr. Funkenberry. “2017 or 1969? Andre Cymone Talks about His New Album, Black Lives Matter, the NPG & Making Sure People Don’t Revise Prince History.” The Dr. Funk Podcast, July 8, 2017.

Hautala, Elke. “Beautiful Nights Road Trip — In Search of Gayle Chapman.” YouTube, February 27, 2013.

Morris, Nat. “Andre Cymone 1982 Interview.” Originally broadcast on The Scene, 1982. YouTube, May 27, 2010.

Nileskar, Mats. “Jesse Johnson and Miguel on Prince.” Originally broadcast on Swedish Radio/P3, date unknown. YouTube, April 22, 2016.

Sutherland, Steve. Interview, June 6, 1981 (mislabeled as an interview with Mick Boskamp, May 9, 1981). Mixcloud, July 2016.

VH1. “Prince Chris Rock Interview – Best Document 2016.” Originally broadcast on VH1 to One, February 1997. YouTube, May 29, 2016.

Other Resources

4theFunk: The Ultimate Guide 2 Prince Bootlegs
Prince Tour History 1979-2016
Prince Vault