A new documentary on the life of the musician Prince is set to come out in 2017. The documentary, titled Prince: R U Listening, will be a comprehensive biography of the singer’s life and his rise to fame.
Directed by Frontline producer Michael John Kirk, the documentary will include interviews with some of Prince’s earliest collaborators and associates., according to Rolling Stone magazine.
Ascot Elite Entertainment Group has secured the rights to the film’s distribution in German-speaking countries across Europe. US-based company 13 Films is producing the movie but there is no word yet on a release date for the US.
The site Screen Daily says the documentary will include an interview with one of Prince’s earliest bandmates, Dez Dickerson. Dickerson joined Prince’s band in 1979 and remained with it for 20 years, departing only after the group’s 1999 tour.
Bassist, Andre Cymone, who collaborated with Prince during his time as a teen artist will offer his perspective in the documentary. The star-studded documentary will also feature interviews with other prominent personalities like Lenny Kravitz, Mick Jagger, Billy Idol, and Bono.
Last month, Prince fans attended an official tribute concert in Minneapolis. Anyone who missed it now has another chance to celebrate the legend’s legacy at an upcoming event in April next year.
In an event titled, Celebration 2017, Prince’s Paisley Park estate is organizing a four-day official festival between April 21-23. The event is taking place to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Prince’s passing.
Many artists who have worked with Prince will perform at the festival including bands like the New Power Generation and Morris Day. Apart from live music, there will also be presentations and panel discussions on Prince’s outstanding talents and influence.
General admission tickets to the event are currently retailing at $499, whereas VIP passes cost as much as $999.
Prince’s death at the age of 57 earlier this year sent shockwaves through the music industry. Right from the time his career began in 1978, Prince was set to leave an indelible mark in the world of music and in the minds of millions across the globe.
Being one of a kind, he chose to replace his name with a symbol. The provocative and explicit lyrics of his songs challenged conservative societies across the globe.
Many artists who came after him have not been shy about admitting the deep influence Prince and his work has had on them. According to the NME, D’Angelo has admitted that when he first saw Prince in I Wanna Be Your Lover, he became hooked to his unique and enigmatic personality.
Other artists who have talked about being deeply influenced by Prince’s work include Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Lenny Kravitz and Beyonce.
Beyonce made an on-stage appearance with Prince at the 2004 Grammys. She admitted feeling completely “starstruck” and nervous during the rehearsals.
Prince had massive star appeal and a style that was uniquely his own. His music incorporated a wide variety of genres including R&B, rock, funk, soul, new wave, pop, and psychedelia.
His personal style included extravagant dress and makeup along with flamboyant on-stage appearances. Being one of the best-selling artists of his generation, his records have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
Right from childhood, Prince had a strong interest in music. His career as a musician took off when Warner Bros. signed him for his debut album at the age of 18.
In 1993, Prince became involved in a legal battle with Warner Bros. over the artistic and financial control the studio exercised over his work. He later made a public appearance with the word “slave” scrawled on his cheek.
This was also the time when Prince chose to change his name to a symbol as he felt his own name belonged to the studio at that point.
The new documentary will celebrate the life of this unforgettable legend whose work is still popular with innumerable music lovers across the globe.
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