According to letters unearthed and included in the new Prince memoir, The Beautiful Ones, he was NOT a fan of music by two big pop stars.
He once wrote,
“We need to tell them that they keep trying to ram Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran down our throats and we don’t like it no matter how many times they play it.”
Co-written by Prince and superfan Dan Piepenbring, a 33-year-old writer handpicked in 2016 to work with the legendary musical icon on his memoir.
Piepenbring spent three months with the singer, attending parties before their time together was ended by Prince’s untimely deadly fentanyl overdose.
Piepenbring told The Guardian,
“The sheer quantity of paper was surprising. There was no real method to the madness.
In one room you’d find something from 1979, and within arm’s reach, there’d be something from 2002. There’d be these moments of intense intentionality — he’d gathered up all his handwritten lyrics from across his career, clipped them together and kept them in one place. Or he’d gathered artifacts pertaining to his father’s jazz band. It seemed very ad hoc and very personal.”
The book was named after a song on the Purple Rain album and also includes accounts of Prince’s first kiss and his cartoon work, or “Prince’s Funnies,” as he called them.
Prince also dishes on his mother in the book, recalling how when his family was pinching pennies, she borrowed money (without permission) and never returned it.
“She would spend up what little $ the family had 4 survival on partying with her friends, then trespass in2 my bedroom, ‘borrow’ my personal $ that N’d gotten from babysitting local kids, & then chastise me 4 even questioning her regarding the broken promise she made 2 pay me back.”
The Beautiful Ones is out now and available on Amazon here.
(Photos, Avalon; via NY Post)