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Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions

Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions pulls back the paisley curtain to reveal the untold story of Prince's rise from cult favorite to the biggest rock star on the planet. His journey is meticulously documented through detailed accounts of his time secluded behind the doors of the recording studio as well as his days on tour. With unprecedented access to the musicians, singers, and studio engineers who knew Prince best, including members of The Revolution and The Time, Duane Tudahl weaves an intimate saga of an eccentric genius and the people and events who helped shape the groundbreaking music he created. From Sunset Sound Studios' daily recording logs and the Warner Bros. vault of information, Tudahl uncovers hidden truths about the origins of songs such as "Purple Rain," "When Doves Cry," and "Raspberry Beret" and also reveals never-before-published details about Prince's unreleased outtakes. This definitive chronicle of Prince's creative brilliance during 1983 and 1984 provides a new experience of the Purple Rain album as an integral part of Prince's life and the lives of those closest to him.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson CHAPTER 1: January 1983 CHAPTER 2: February 1983 CHAPTER 3: March 1983 CHAPTER 4: April 1983 CHAPTER 5: May 1983 CHAPTER 6: June 1983 CHAPTER 7: July 1983 CHAPTER 8: August 1983 CHAPTER 9: September 1983 CHAPTER 10: October 1983 CHAPTER 11: November 1983 CHAPTER 12: December 1983 CHAPTER 13: January 1984 CHAPTER 14: February 1984 CHAPTER 15: March 1984 CHAPTER 16: April 1984 CHAPTER 17: May 1984 CHAPTER 18: June 1984 CHAPTER 19: July 1984 CHAPTER 20: August 1984 CHAPTER 21: September 1984 CHAPTER 22: October 1984 CHAPTER 23: November 1984 CHAPTER 24: December 1984 Epilogue

About the Author

Duane Tudahl has worked in entertainment for over 25 years and has produced and/or directed documentary programming for the History Channel, CBS, GTV, Fox, Discovery, Pax, the Gospel Music Channel, the Food Channel, Tru-TV, and HGTV among others. He has also been an editor on multiple Emmy-nominated programs including Intervention, Unsolved Mysteries, and Cops. He is a former stand-up comic and has been writing about Prince and the Minneapolis music scene for two decades.


An amazing work. Valuable research and a terrific perspective -- Alan Leeds, tour manager, production manager for Prince Duane Tudahl has uncovered the hard work and real time hours behind the genius that was Prince. An awesome lifetime task that will hopefully lead to future volumes. -- Steve Parke, Paisley Park artist and author of 'Picturing Prince' Duane Tudahl's meticulously researched work is truly remarkable. It shows how closely Prince's work was intertwined with his life. Providing unique insights into Prince's creative process and personality, this book is a must for anyone wanting to understand this exceptionally talented and driven artist." -- Per Nilsen, author of 'DanceMusicSexRomance' and 'The Vault' Archivist, interviewer, and discerning fan Duane Tudahl has delivered a fly-on-the-wall account of some of Prince's most important and productive years in the studio. This book bristles with energy, passion, and knowledge, and stands as an essential documentation of Prince's work and artistic process. -- Alex Hahn, author of 'Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince and The Rise of Prince' The level of detail in the book is phenomenal. PrinceVault will be forever in debt to the research that Tudahl did. --

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