1. (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, R.I.P. Prince Edition.

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    ( NOTE: There will undoubtedly be many more stories on the shocking death of Prince. These are just some of the initial reports. We truly lost a legend, and hopefully everyone that is reading this has spent the last few days enjoying his music.)

    Prince, an Artist Who Defied Genre, Is Dead at 57.
    “Prince was a man bursting with music — a wildly prolific songwriter, a virtuoso on guitars, keyboards and drums and a master architect of funk, rock, R&B and pop, even as his music defied genres. In a career that lasted from the late 1970s until his solo ‘Piano & a Microphone’ tour this year, he was acclaimed as a sex symbol, a musical prodigy and an artist who shaped his career his way, often battling with accepted music-business practices.” By Jon Pareles
    [ New York Times ]

    Prince: In Memoriam.
    Continued coverage, including President Obama’s statement about Prince’s death; and How Prince Rebelled Against the Music Industry. By Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Ben Sisario
    [ New York Times ]

    See Prince’s Life in Photos.
    Striking shots.
    [ Time ]

    Full Coverage: Prince (1958 – 2016).
    Numerous articles and essays, including video of the night James Brown, Michael Jackson and Prince shared the same stage.
    [ Los Angeles Times ]

    The artists Prince ushered into the spotlight.
    A quick list featuring The Time, Wendy & Lisa, Sheila E, and Vanity 6. By Los Angeles Times Graphics
    [ Los Angeles Times ]

    Prince dead at 57: Legendary musician found at Paisley Park.
    Coverage from Minnesota, the Purple One’s home state. By Pam Louwagie & Chris Riemenschneider
    [ Star Tribune ]

    Prince’s Legal Legacy: Contract Fights, Copyright Battles and Changing His Name. / Here’s Every Battle Prince Waged Against the Internet and the Music Industry.
    The artist’s legal skirmishes are nearly as legendary as the music. By Eriq Gardner & Ashley Cullins / Marc Hogan
    [ Hollywood Reporter & Pitchfork ]

    Prince and Big Daddy Kane made a ‘Batdance’ remix that Warner Bros. wouldn’t let you hear.
    Remixed by John Luongo. By Dexter Thomas
    [ Los Angeles Times ]

    The Most Powerful Writing About Prince.
    Over his decades-long career, Prince granted very few interviews. But that didn’t stop journalists, critics, and fellow musicians from writing about him. Dig around and you’ll find some good links to old articles here. Compiled by Doree Shafrir
    [ BuzzFeed ]

    Prince Was Not “Biracial.” He Loved His Blackness—and Yours.
    The New York Times labeled the late music legend “biracial,” while U.K.’s The Independent called him “mixed-race.” No, Prince was black, and damn proud of it. By Stereo Williams
    [ Daily Beast ]

    I Wonder U: The Incredible, Undeniable Pop Impact of Prince.
    By Michael A. Gonzales
    [ Ebony ]

    The Stories Behind Some Of Prince’s Iconic Early Album Cover Photos.
    Photographers Joe Giannetti and Allen Beaulieu explain what it was like to work with the pop icon on three of his early album covers. By Liz Raiss
    [ Fader ]

    Prince weighs in on fame, race in 1985 talk.
    Vintage clip shows Prince saying he doesn’t view himself as a super star, and he also discusses why he remains living in Minneapolis and that he had always hoped he would be judged not by the color of his skin but the quality of his work.
    [ MSNBC ]

    Prince Remembered by Childhood Best Friend and Bandmate André Cymone.
    “There Was a Lot More to Him Than What People Saw.” By André Cymone
    [ Billboard ]

    My Classmate Prince, the Rock Star.
    What was the rock icon like in the seventh grade? Already a music prodigy. By Eben Shapiro
    [ Wall Street Journal ]

    Prince: The Oral History of Purple Rain (2009).
    A look back at the making of Prince’s 1984 masterpiece. By Brian Raftery
    [ Spin ]

    Behind the Purple Ropes: Prince and the Revolution. (2012)
    Having gained heavyweight status as James Brown’s tour manager, Alan Leeds was brought on midway through Prince’s 1999 tour as a freelance replacement. But after finding his niche within the sometimes peculiar Prince entourage, Alan and his now wife Gwen moved to Minneapolis to work for the artist full time. Little did they know, they were about to witness some of the greatest years in the history of popular music. By Alan and Gwen Leeds
    [ Wax Poetics ]

    “I Never Saw Him Make a Mistake”: Prince’s Drum Programmer Remembers.
    Fafu, Prince’s tour drum programmer from the mid-’90s, shares stories. By Ross Scarano
    [ Complex ]

    Bathed in Purple Light, Prince Performs at Last Show.
    Before his untimely death, Fans captured Prince belting out his hit “Purple Rain” at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on April 19.
    [ NBC & Soundcloud ]

    Stevie Wonder Gets Emotional Talking About Prince.
    By Anderson Cooper / Olivia B. Waxman / Stevie Wonder
    [ Time & CBS & Rolling Stone ]

    “The New Duke Ellington of Our Time”: Miles Davis on Prince. / Inside Miles Davis’ Prince Obsession, As Detailed By Davis’ Family and Collaborators. / Legends Collide on Previously Unreleased Prince and Miles Davis Collaboration.
    Quotes about the Purple One from Miles: The Autobiography (1990) and additional interviews with musicians and producers including Easy Mo Bee. (Bonus: Music from the vaults and a video.) By Jay Deshpande / Ron Hart / Eric Skelton
    [ Slate & Pitchfork & Pigeons & Planes ]

    Sheila E. Looks Back on Prince: Their Collaborations, Engagement & Lifelong Love.
    “Everyone always asks me ‘Who is that man you knew that we didn’t?,’ and there’s a lot about him that you guys didn’t get to see that’s pretty fun. He just didn’t show that side of himself to the public.” By Jem Aswad
    [ Billboard ]

    George Clinton Remembers Prince as the “Epitome” of a Rock Star.
    “I was about him the same way I’m about Kendrick Lamar now. You could see it coming. You could see he was Sly [Stone] for the new generation.” By George Clinton
    [ Billboard ]

    Jimmy Jam Talks On Prince’s Life, Legacy.
    “With the amount of talent that he had in him, he didn’t need to work that hard. But he worked harder than anybody.” Interview by WCCO-TV anchors Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello.
    [ CBS ]

    Dâm-FunK Reflects on the Legacy of Prince.
    “Prince was the G of all of the funk.” By Devin P-B
    [ Mass Appeal ]

    Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Offers Stunning Tribute To Prince… Without Saying A Single Word.
    Watch as “Comfortably Numb” suddenly transforms into “Purple Rain. Posted by Ed Mazza.
    [ Huffington Post ]

    “Defying description”: ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons on Prince the ‘sensational’ guitarist.
    “Even today, I’m struggling to try and emulate that guitar introduction to ‘When Doves Cry.’ It’s just a testament to his extraordinary technique.” By Geoff Edgers
    [ Washington Post ]

    Prince remembered as innovator, advocate for Black youth.
    YesWeCode leader Van Jones on how Prince wanted to help kids. By Jessica Guynn
    [ USA Today ]

    Prince was a humanitarian who privately donated money to family of Trayvon Martin.
    He wanted nobody — not even the family — to know where it came from, said Rev. Al Sharpton. By Kerry Burke & Rich Schapiro
    [ New York Daily News ]

    Prince paid off medical bills, Clyde Stubblefield says.
    Prince paid off $80,000 medical bill when “Funky Drummer” was battling bladder cancer in 2000. By Gayle Worland
    [ Madison ]

    Purple Rain Launched Prince’s Meteoric, and Meteorically Short, Movie Career.
    Some insight into the making and impact of Prince’s first movie, but article could use more info on the excellent Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987) film. By Gregg Kilday
    [ Hollywood Reporter ]

    How Prince’s Androgynous Genius Changed the Way We Think About Music and Gender.
    “His clothes, songwriting, and production prowess all played a part in breaking through any and every type of convention.” By Simon Reynolds
    [ Pitchfork ]

    Prince Superfan Tracy Morgan: “He Taught Me to Be Gentle.”
    “He was down to earth: regular, no extra cheese, no pepperoni — just a slice and a Coke!” By Tracy Morgan
    [ Billboard ]

    Want to party like it’s 1999? Then you’ll need Prince’s personal party mix playlist!
    Posted by Martin Schneider
    [ Dangerous Minds ]

    The 6 CDs Prince bought on his last trip to the Electric Fetus.
    Went to the Minneapolis record store on Record Store Day to show support. By Peter Fox
    [ MPR News ]

    Prince & Kendrick Lamar Live (VIDEO).
    They performed “What’s My Name” at Paisley Park in 2014.
    [ The Prince Museum ]

    Parties, vigils, other tributes to Prince in many cities.
    The world bids farewell.
    [ CBS & Mashable & The Telegraph & Fader & Village Voice & Okayplayer & Yahoo ]

    Prince Did That.
    “His crossover efforts may have been every bit as calculated as those of Michael Jackson, but Prince made it sound holistic and organic, because it was. Prince wasn’t just ‘making a rock song’ when he made ‘Little Red Corvette’ or ‘Let’s Go Crazy.’ He was reclaiming rock for Black artists.” By Dan Charnas
    [ Cuepoint ]

    Prince: A Eulogy.
    A trailblazer, trickster, troublemaker gone far too soon. By Greg Tate
    [ MTV ]

    Prince’s Vault Reportedly Drilled Open.
    Only Prince had the code. Estate reportedly could put out an album a year for the next century.
    [ ABC ]

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