Much as we continue to mourn the loss of Prince Rogers Nelson, little over two years on from his untimely passing, The Cocoa Diaries has also found cause to celebrate (with others who’ve drawn similar inspiration around the world) recently.
Here’s what’s been going in the land of Paisley, and via the colour Purple…
- 21st April marked the two-year anniversary of Prince’s death, which in itself was roughly thirty years after the singer wrote one of his most poignant ballads, Sometimes It Snows In April.
- The Prince Estate revealed it’s been painstakingly going through his mythical Vault tapes, with the discovery of Prince’s 1984 recording of Nothing Compares 2 U, six years before it was a hit for Sinead O’Connor in 1990. You can hear his original version of the song here.
- In addition, Prince’s estate broke the news – reported at Variety.com – that there will be a whole new album of “mind-blowing” unreleased Prince songs due on 28 September
- Prince on the web: There are also two new websites devoted to keeping Prince’s legacy alive: an online pop-up shop with Prince-themed merchandise, plus an interactive website Prince2Me where fans can post their dedications and memories of the artist and his influence. You can catch up on his career discography here – which features not only his own prolific 40-year output, but also the various albums and projects for numerous other artists
- If you like old skool Prince vids, over 70 can be viewed on the official YouTube channel – highlights include rare live performances of tracks such as ‘America’, with The Revolution and ‘The Question of U’ from the 1990 Nude Tour.
- Books – not surprisingly since 2016 a slew of books and journals have come out with no prospect of legal obstacle, these are varied but there are some gems to be found. The most anticipated of these is Duane Tudahl’s Prince and the Purple Rain Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984. 20 years in the making, and with foreword by Ahmir Thompson aka QuestLove from The Roots, it promises to be a masterwork and essential reading. Also worth checking out is Wax Poetics recent publication, which has some stellar insights into Prince’s early career. If pictures are your thing you could do worse than start with the collection published late last year by Afshin Shahidi, his official photographer for many years. Prince: A Private View is worth it for the montage of his celebrity-filled 3121 parties hosted in LA all by itself.
We here at Cocoa Diaries miss Prince, but it seems the legacy outlives him, maybe he did live 2 c the dawn after all.