The Beautiful Ones

The Beautiful Ones

From Prince himself comes the brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time—featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death. Prince was a musical genius, one of the most talented, beloved, accomplished, popular, and acclaimed musicians in h...

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The Beautiful Ones Reviews

  • Homa

    A beautiful book.

  • Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    5 stars. Such a bittersweet read. I’ve been anticipating this book since it’s announcement years ago when Prince was still alive. Reading it now, with him no longer here and this being unfinished made it so somber. I can’t even imagine what all he would’ve done with this book but for what we got it was still a really beautiful (no pun intended) read. I loved that there were a lot of notes and letters in his handwriting and all of the

    5 stars. Such a bittersweet read. I’ve been anticipating this book since it’s announcement years ago when Prince was still alive. Reading it now, with him no longer here and this being unfinished made it so somber. I can’t even imagine what all he would’ve done with this book but for what we got it was still a really beautiful (no pun intended) read. I loved that there were a lot of notes and letters in his handwriting and all of the personal family photos were a great addition. I already look forward to reading it again and picking up a little things I might’ve missed the first time around. If you are a fan of Prince, of course I recommend this book 1000%, just don’t listen to his first album

    while doing so like I did because you will shed tears. Trust me I know.

    There will never be another Prince so seeing just a little bit of a more personal side to him and hear his story in his own words was a gift. This was well worth the wait.

  • Melissa

    Obviously, I was going to give this book five stars from the second Prince announced it. But these five stars are deserved. Prince’s autobiographical section is quite slight. But in so few pages, he brings his charm, wit and astuteness. His words provide insight about his formative years. And Dan Piepenbring's introduction is a delight.

    We will never know what could have been. But I am thankful for the small amount that was shared.

  • Jay Gabler

    It's impossible to know what Prince would have made of the book just published under his byline, and it's probably best not to speculate...but you have to imagine he'd be happy to feel the weight of it. Both literally and figuratively, it's a heavy book, its 280 pages printed on substantial stock and bound between purple covers with a gold dust jacket.

    is one of the signal publishing events of 2019, and it's also one of the most poignant. In the last months, indeed the very/>The

    It's impossible to know what Prince would have made of the book just published under his byline, and it's probably best not to speculate...but you have to imagine he'd be happy to feel the weight of it. Both literally and figuratively, it's a heavy book, its 280 pages printed on substantial stock and bound between purple covers with a gold dust jacket.

    is one of the signal publishing events of 2019, and it's also one of the most poignant. In the last months, indeed the very last days, of his too-short life Prince was actively working on a book project that was, even by the iconic musician's own high standards, ambitious.

    "Can we write a book that solves racism?" he asked his collaborator Dan Piepenbring.

    Of course Prince didn't actually think he was about to solve racism with a single book — he didn't even wait for Piepenbring to venture an answer before peppering him with another question — but he was certainly thinking about his memoir as an opportunity to advance high-level conversations around race, music, and creativity.

    For all its author's vast vision, the book is most crucial in the way it brings Prince down to earth.

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  • Casey Rain

    Prince's unfinished memoir is captured here, in The Beautiful Ones, out now on Penguin Random House. It’s a stunning package, but a difficult proposition. It’s not his memoir. It’s partly that. It’s not a photo book, but it’s partly that. And it’s not a no-hold-barred insight into the man himself, although again — it’s partly that. What we have here is a package created with struggles, but with love. What he wrote of his memoir, combined with unseen photos, lyric sheets, notes, and the original

    Prince's unfinished memoir is captured here, in The Beautiful Ones, out now on Penguin Random House. It’s a stunning package, but a difficult proposition. It’s not his memoir. It’s partly that. It’s not a photo book, but it’s partly that. And it’s not a no-hold-barred insight into the man himself, although again — it’s partly that. What we have here is a package created with struggles, but with love. What he wrote of his memoir, combined with unseen photos, lyric sheets, notes, and the original handwritten treatment for the movie Purple Rain.

    Prince’s memoir, and the story of how it came about, told by editor Dan Piepenbring, are heartfelt, real words that should be read with care and understanding, and thus it almost doesn’t matter that this book is unconventional. Prince was unconventional. Prince defied normal concepts of time and music. And in this book, we get just enough of a peek behind the purple curtain to leave his mystery intact. Perhaps, in a way, that’s what he would have wanted from this book. Prince’s insights into power, ownership, blackness, music industry conglomerates, and his own troubled childhood are enough for us to understand some of the key tenets of who he really was. And as for the rest? Well — it already exists, in the seemingly endless, iconic, and diverse catalog of music that he released in his 57 years on this planet. And with all the unreleased music in his legendary vault, we’ll still be hearing his story play out for many years to come.

  • David Gibbons

    You can't knock stars off it for being incomplete. What I, for one, would give for it to possibly have been completed. It means he would still be here for us.

  • Shani

    I love it... I love Prince!

    I especially loved the copies of the lyrics! I truly miss this genius of a man!

  • Sean Pfile

    ...The only reason it does not get a 5th star, is bcuz it is tragically incomplete...a must read 4 anyone who 💓's music.

  • Joan

    It's hard to know what to say. I was left feeling very sad and empty after quickly devouring this book. The opening chapter by Dan Piepenbring about how this book began to come together through his collaborations with Prince in early 2016 is fascinating and gripping. The suspense builds aptly for Part 2, the unreleased chapters written by Prince himself. When I read first few lines of those chapters, I burst into tears so quickly. I don't want to spoil it, but the way he chose to open his memoir

    It's hard to know what to say. I was left feeling very sad and empty after quickly devouring this book. The opening chapter by Dan Piepenbring about how this book began to come together through his collaborations with Prince in early 2016 is fascinating and gripping. The suspense builds aptly for Part 2, the unreleased chapters written by Prince himself. When I read first few lines of those chapters, I burst into tears so quickly. I don't want to spoil it, but the way he chose to open his memoir was so beautiful, so simple, so disarming.

    Prince comes through so clearly in these few pages he managed to get finished, all of his childlike joy, his humour, his love of sex, of women and of God, all of his funk - all the things we loved. They are well worth reading. He recounts his childhood, his complicated relationship with his parents, his first few girlfriends, his burgeoning joy of music. Pointedly, he muses on the nature of love and what it means for two people to come together as one - then suddenly it ends, at a point in the story when he's barely out of puberty. At this point, I realised that I had read the whole book up to this point with my hand covering my mouth, a kind of shock reaction of some kind. The grief had come back.

    From this point on, we're left feeling voyeuristic till the end of this sad little collection. There's a cute photo album from 1978, a couple of lyric sheets, an original plot summary for the Purple Rain movie. It's interesting stuff, but it's what it is: padding. The so-called 'The Beautiful Ones' just doesn't pass muster as a cohesive whole. I feel like they should have ended this book after the first two sections or just not published it at all. You can only imagine how this could've turned out if he had finished it. Who can say?

  • Jonathan

    Bitterr sweet reading his royal badness's final musings ..genius as ever ..RIP Mr Nelson- an eternal artist for sure .

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