Prince: singer autobiography and family memories. What we learn in his memories

PRINCE – “The Beautiful Ones – Mémoires unachevés”, the autobiography of singer Prince, who died in 2016, will be released on Thursday, October 31 in France.

Prince Rogers Nelson

June 7, 1958

Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Died April 21, 2016 (aged 57)

Chanhassen, Minnesota, U.S.
Cause of death Accidental fentanyl overdose
Other names
  • Logo. Hollow circle above downward arrow crossed with a curlicued horn-shaped symbol and then a short bar
  • The Artist (Formerly Known as Prince) (TAFKAP)
  • Camille
  • Joey Coco
  • The Kid
  • Alexander Nevermind
  • Jamie Starr
  • Tora Tora
  • Christopher Tracy
Years active 1975–2016
Mayte Garcia

(m. 1996; div. 2000)

Manuela Testolini

(m. 2001; div. 2006)

Children 1
Relatives John L. Nelson (father)
Tyka Nelson (sister)
Musical career
  • Pop
  • R&B
  • funk
  • rock
  • Minneapolis sound
  • soul
  • progressive soul
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • piano
  • bass guitar
  • drums
  • Warner Bros.
  • Paisley Park
  • NPG
  • EMI
  • Columbia
  • Arista
  • Universal
Associated acts
  • 94 East
  • The Time
  • Vanity 6
  • Apollonia 6
  • The Revolution
  • The Family
  • Wendy & Lisa
  • Mazarati
  • Sheena Easton
  • Sheila E.
  • Madhouse
  • New Power Generation
  • Chaka Khan
  • 3rdeyegirl

“If I wanted this book to be really one theme dominated, it’s freedom.” This Thursday October 31 is marked by the release in France of Prince’s autobiography, entitled “The Beautiful Ones – Unfinished Memories”, two days after its sale in the United States. 300 pages in which the singer, who died in 2016, tells his story. Before his sudden death, the artist had called on Dan Piepenbring, writer and former collaborator, for the writing of this book. “He had the impression that a lot of things (said about him) were false or unfortunate”, explained the co-author of the book to AFP, adding that “The Beautiful Ones” was intended to “rectify things” . “He soon understand that the book could be much better than that,

This book is made up of around thirty handwritten pages written by Prince himself, unpublished photos with commentary, memories of childhood or adolescence, advice from the artist to his fans, explanations of his vision. the music industry and his desire for freedom or a synopsis for his film, “Purple Rain”. “All that he had kept in his credit. Ultimately, his safe was both his heart and his brain. It was this magical place in Paisley Park where he had stored all his memories,” explains Jean-Philippe Guérand, French translator of “The Beautiful Ones”, interviewed by Franceinfo. And to add: “If he had been able to go to the end of his project, we would have had a kind of poem.

In the pages he wrote, Prince poetically recounts his childhood in Minneapolis, in the Midwest, and reflects on his parents’ separation and their influence on his personality. He describes his adolescence, his puberty, his experience of epilepsy, or even, his first kiss. The singer’s sudden death on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57 from an overdose of fentanyl, had delayed the release of “The Beautiful Ones”.