Following Tragic Death, Prince Estate Debuts Video Series with Three Rare Clips
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
Pop Icon, “Prince,” A.K.A Prince Rogers Nelson, was reported dead on April 21, 2016, following a tragic accidental overdose of the painkiller Fentanyl, a generic Vicodin, in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Fans around the world were left in shock as some reportage has claimed Prince was “in pain.”
Many remember a wild flamboyant, often androgynous, in full make up and high heeled boots man, who danced much like James Brown and sang in falsetto and baritone with great showmanship. Prince often dressed in regal Edwardian styles, wore high collars and ruffles and carried a rose or flower like a young “Romeo.”
Songs were sexually charged and sometimes reminiscent of the black church pulpit. Prince songs such as “Do Me Baby,” began as if beginning an erotic church sermon. Most likely 99% of Prince songs were erotic or having sexual innuendo or strong sexual liberation coming out of the 70’s into early 80’s. Many parents ripped down Dirty Mind posters in the late 70’s, when young children became fanatic for the star, who was featured on a poster naked in the shower. It was rumored that “over- sexed” Prince had or needed hip surgery.
Prince was known for having a strong female presence in his bands and launching careers of several connected bands. Many details about Prince and Former band members are on his official webpage: officialprincemusic.com.
The Prince Estate is now combing through decades of Prince hit’s and going through the famed Prince “vault” where said songs were stored and releasing special footage including the recent three video clips for, “Endorphinmachine,” “Dolphin” and “Rock and Roll is Alive! (And It Lives in Minneapolis).”
Immediately following Prince’s death, The Prince Estate released a “Greatest Hits,” on November 22, 2016 featuring one unreleased song, “Moonbeam,” recorded during a 1999 session. On June 23, 2017 Purple Rain was rereleased as a deluxe and expanded version called “From the Vault and Previously Unreleased.” Deluxe CD was accompanied by a DVD that featured a concert from the Purple Rain Tour filmed in Syracuse, New York on March 30, 1985.
The Prince Estate has dealt with alot of legal disputes over who held master tapes due to co-production and issued restraining orders. In February of 2017, there was also a dispute between Universal Music Group and Warner Bros. over who may release which albums following Prince’s death. Some of Prince’s personal belongings such as Prince’s Bible, stage worn clothes and some personal documents were auctioned in Dallas, Texas on July 21, 2018.
Prince fans know him for the color “purple” which was honored in the uniforms of “Minnesota Timberwolves” basketball team and in a Pantone Color called “Love Symbol” #19-3528.
Some of Prince’s 39 studio produced albums are listed here for collectors (a complete list can be found on Wikipedia):
“For You” (1978), “Prince” (1979), “Dirty Mind”(1980), “Controversy”(1981), “1999”(1982), “Purple Rain” (1984), “Around the World in a Day”(1985).