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Prince Rogers Nelson left this universe behind on April 21, 2016, leaving fans worldwide in mourning. Maybe nowhere in the world has felt this loss as profoundly than Prince's home state of Minnesota. And to The Current, a radio station from Minnesota Public Radio, Prince was more than an artist, he was our friend. That's why, in memory of the Purple One, we’re sharing the many conversations we’ve had with musicians, critics, reporters and more about Prince: his life, his music and his legacy.

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Prince Rogers Nelson left this universe behind on April 21, 2016, leaving fans worldwide in mourning. Maybe nowhere in the world has felt this loss as profoundly than Prince's home state of Minnesota. And to The Current, a radio station from Minnesota Public Radio, Prince was more than an artist, he was our friend. That's why, in memory of the Purple One, we’re sharing the many conversations we’ve had with musicians, critics, reporters and more about Prince: his life, his music and his legacy.

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This is amazing

By ThaWingedCow - Dec 02 2019
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What wonderful nuggets - surprising and enjoyable each time. Thank you Minnesota PR. Please keep this up - please keep posting!!

Important & Necessary

By Bass Brotha #1 - Dec 21 2018
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Prince is about 10yrs older than me. As a musician, he’s always been like a cool crazy big cousin teaching me lessons all my life. I’ve always wondered who he was beyond the mystique, and this does EXACTLY that! Thank you 🙏🏾

iTunes Ratings

60 Ratings
Average Ratings
44
7
6
3
0

This is amazing

By ThaWingedCow - Dec 02 2019
Read more
What wonderful nuggets - surprising and enjoyable each time. Thank you Minnesota PR. Please keep this up - please keep posting!!

Important & Necessary

By Bass Brotha #1 - Dec 21 2018
Read more
Prince is about 10yrs older than me. As a musician, he’s always been like a cool crazy big cousin teaching me lessons all my life. I’ve always wondered who he was beyond the mystique, and this does EXACTLY that! Thank you 🙏🏾

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Rank #1: Susannah Melvoin on Prince

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Susannah Melvoin reflects on Prince's tenderness and how she ended up co-writing "Starfish and Coffee."

Nov 07 2016

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Rank #2: Steve Perry on when Prince noted the similarity between 'Purple Rain' and 'Faithfully'

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Steve Perry, former frontman of the band Journey, tells the story of how Prince wrote to the band to say he may have been inadvertently inspired by the song 'Faithfully'

Aug 27 2018

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Rank #3: Garrison Keillor: Prince 'believed that you had to be noticed'

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Garrison Keillor reflected on the loss of Minnesota's own Prince at A Prairie Home Companion's April 23, 2016 show at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX.

Apr 25 2016

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Rank #4: Andre Cymone: 'It's hard to say goodbye to a best friend'

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Andre Cymone is a lifelong friend of Prince and one of Prince's first bandmates. In this interview with The Current's Andrea Swensson, Cymone describes: playing at the Revolution's reunion shows at First Avenue; how he and Prince first met and became friends; and the music and events that influenced him and Prince as they were growing up in Minnesota in the 1960s and 70s. Recorded before a live audience at the Minnesota State Fair on Sept. 2, 2016.

Oct 24 2016

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Rank #5: 'Purple Rain' Director Albert Magnoli

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Film director Albert Magnoli describes the events that led to his first meeting with Prince, and the making of the film 'Purple Rain.'

Oct 23 2019

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Rank #6: Prince Remembered: Anil Dash

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Tech blogger and entrepreneur Anil Dash talks to Andrea Swensson about Prince's secret life as a computer nerd.

Jun 29 2016

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Rank #7: Bobby Z - What Makes 1999 Great?

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Legendary drummer Bobby Z of The Revolution sat down with Jim McGuinn to talk about working for Prince and what made the 1982 album '1999' an essential masterpiece that catapulted Prince to megastardom. Bobby Z also describes the early years getting to know Prince.

Sep 03 2019

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Rank #8: Aaron Janse: An audition on the basketball court

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Aaron Janse, a violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra, spoke with Classical MPR host Brian Newhouse during a live orchestra broadcast about recording with Prince, most recently on the song 'Baltimore.'

Apr 25 2016

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Rank #9: The sound of Prince and Peggy McCreary

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In the early 1980s, Audio Engineer Peggy McCreary contributed significantly to several projects from the massively creative mind of Prince, including Vanity 6's self-titled debut album, The Time's sophomore effort 'What Time is It,' and Prince's '1999,' 'Purple Rain' and 'Parade.' The Current's Andrea Swensson connected with McCreary for a fascinating conversation about McCreary's time working with Prince, their professional relationship and their mutual respect for each other.

Nov 27 2019

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Rank #10: Sharon Nelson on her father's music and impact on Prince

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Just before the release of her father's posthumous album 'Don't Play With Love,' Prince's half-sister Sharon Nelson tells The Current how she found their dad's old sheet music, who wrote the "Purple Rain" melody, and why Prince's costumes may have resembled a stripper's.

Mar 05 2018

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Rank #11: Flavor Flav: 'Being onstage with Prince is electrifying'

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In a conversation with The Current's Sean McPherson, legendary musician and rapper Flavor Flav, from Public Enemy, shares his memories of Prince. 'Losing Prince,' Flav reflects, 'is not like losing a finger off your body; this is like losing a whole arm.'

May 03 2016

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Rank #12: Bobby Z: 'Prince went from a caterpillar to a butterfly in that one purple trench coat'

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Bobby Z first met Prince in the mid-'70s when the two were teenagers, and Bobby went on to become drummer for the Revolution. In conversation with Andrea Swensson, Bobby Z offers a philosophical look at Prince's incredible life and career. "Prince was hearing all the music in his head like Beethoven or other classical musicians," Bobby Z says. "He was kind of reborn in all these characters throughout the ages."

Dec 20 2019

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Rank #13: 'Did I dream that?': Artist Peyton remembers Prince, Glam Slam, Paisley Park in the '90s

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Jay Gabler talks with Peyton Scott Russell, a Minneapolis artist, about the period in the '90s when Peyton worked for Prince at Paisley Park and displayed art at Prince's club Glam Slam. Peyton also describes his decision to gild Prince's First Avenue star after the icon's death in 2016.

Apr 12 2017

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Rank #14: Adam Scher: The 'Purple Rain' suit: 'It's certainly one of the most iconic pieces that we have'

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Adam Scher, senior curator at the Minnesota Historical Society, joined Current Morning Show hosts Jill Riley and Brian Oake to talk Prince memorabilia -- including Prince's suit from the 1984 movie 'Purple Rain.' The Minnesota History Center in St. Paul put the suit on display the same day the news broke that Prince had died.

Apr 25 2016

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Rank #15: Mayte Garcia on her marriage to Prince

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Mayte Garcia was married to Prince from 1996 to 2000. She spoke with The Current's Jill Riley and Brian Oake about her new memoir, 'The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince.'

May 17 2017

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Rank #16: Prince's impact on music

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People who collaborated with Prince and worked for him talked less about Prince the superstar -- and more about how they will remember him as a musician. First, producer Jimmy Jam, who was in the band The Time, which opened for Prince in his early years of touring.

Apr 25 2016

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Rank #17: Sharon Smith-Akinsanya on bringing Prince's Glam Slam nightclub to life

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Sharon Smith-Akinsanya managed marketing of the Prince-inspired nightclub Glam Slam at all three of its locations: Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Miami. In 2017, she sat down with Jay Gabler and Andrea Swensson to talk about running the clubs, working with Prince, and remembering the icon's legacy in Minnesota.

Apr 18 2019

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Rank #18: Lisa Coleman: 'Prince and I just connected musically'

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Prince's longtime collaborator and keyboard player, Lisa Coleman, joined Prince's band in the early 1980s and became a member of the Revolution. Coleman spoke to The Current's Andrea Swensson about her time working with Prince, both in the studio and on the road. "Hang around Prince, and stuff was going to happen," Coleman recalls. "And it did. I never met anybody that really followed through on everything they said like that." Listen to Andrea's full conversation with Lisa Coleman.

Dec 17 2019

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Rank #19: Artist Rock 'Cyfi' Martinez: 'A nice present to Minneapolis'

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A new Prince mural on the side of a building in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood was painted this weekend as "a nice present to the city of Minneapolis," says Bloomington-based artist Rock "Cyfi" Martinez. The mural, just over a story high, is located at 26th St. and Hennepin Ave.

Apr 25 2016

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Rank #20: Dick McCalley: 'Dylan and Prince: Checkmate'

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Dick McCalley said he'd worked with Prince since 1980. He talked with The Current host Jay Gabler while standing outside Paisley Park on the day Prince died.

May 01 2016

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