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(NOTE: There will undoubtedly be many more stories on the shocking death of Prince. These are just some of the initial reports. We truly lost a legend, and hopefully everyone that is reading this has spent the last few days enjoying his music.)

Prince, an Artist Who Defied Genre, Is Dead at 57.
“Prince was a man bursting with music — a wildly prolific songwriter, a virtuoso on guitars, keyboards and drums and a master architect of funk, rock, R&B and pop, even as his music defied genres. In a career that lasted from the late 1970s until his solo ‘Piano & a Microphone’ tour this year, he was acclaimed as a sex symbol, a musical prodigy and an artist who shaped his career his way, often battling with accepted music-business practices.” By Jon Pareles
[New York Times]

Prince: In Memoriam.
Continued coverage, including President Obama’s statement about Prince’s death; and How Prince Rebelled Against the Music Industry. By Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Ben Sisario
[New York Times]

See Prince’s Life in Photos.
Striking shots.

Full Coverage: Prince (1958 – 2016).
Numerous articles and essays, including video of the night James Brown, Michael Jackson and Prince shared the same stage.
[Los Angeles Times]

The artists Prince ushered into the spotlight.
A quick list featuring The Time, Wendy & Lisa, Sheila E, and Vanity 6. By Los Angeles Times Graphics
[Los Angeles Times]

Prince dead at 57: Legendary musician found at Paisley Park.
Coverage from Minnesota, the Purple One’s home state. By Pam Louwagie & Chris Riemenschneider
[Star Tribune]

Prince’s Legal Legacy: Contract Fights, Copyright Battles and Changing His Name.
The artist’s legal skirmishes are nearly as legendary as the music. By Eriq Gardner & Ashley Cullins
[Hollywood Reporter]

The Most Powerful Writing About Prince.
Over his decades-long career, Prince granted very few interviews. But that didn’t stop journalists, critics, and fellow musicians from writing about him. Dig around and you’ll find some good links to old articles here. Compiled by Doree Shafrir

The Stories Behind Some Of Prince’s Iconic Early Album Cover Photos.
Photographers Joe Giannetti and Allen Beaulieu explain what it was like to work with the pop icon on three of his early album covers. By Liz Raiss

Prince weighs in on fame, race in 1985 talk.
Vintage clip shows Prince saying he doesn’t view himself as a super star, and he also discusses why he remains living in Minneapolis and that he had always hoped he would be judged not by the color of his skin but the quality of his work.

My Classmate Prince, the Rock Star.
What was the rock icon like in the seventh grade? Already a music prodigy. By Eben Shapiro
[Wall Street Journal]

Behind the Purple Ropes: Prince and the Revolution.
Having gained heavyweight status as James Brown’s tour manager, Alan Leeds was brought on midway through Prince’s 1999 tour as a freelance replacement. But after finding his niche within the sometimes peculiar Prince entourage, Alan and his now wife Gwen moved to Minneapolis to work for the artist full time. Little did they know, they were about to witness some of the greatest years in the history of popular music. By Alan and Gwen Leeds
[Wax Poetics]

“I Never Saw Him Make a Mistake”: Prince’s Drum Programmer Remembers.
Fafu, Prince’s tour drum programmer from the mid-’90s, shares stories. By Ross Scarano

Bathed in Purple Light, Prince Performs at Last Show.
Before his untimely death, Fans captured Prince belting out his hit “Purple Rain” at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on April 19.

Music legend Prince is dead – The world mourns.
The universe feels the loss.

A Heartbroken Stevie Wonder Remembers Prince In This Video.
Interview by Anderson Cooper. By Erin D. Jones

“The New Duke Ellington of Our Time”: Miles Davis on Prince.
Quotes about the Purple One from Miles: The Autobiography (1990). Story By Jay Deshpande

Jimmy Jam Talks On Prince’s Life, Legacy.
“With the amount of talent that he had in him, he didn’t need to work that hard. But he worked harder than anybody.” Interview by WCCO-TV anchors Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello.

Prince remembered as innovator, advocate for Black youth.
YesWeCode leader Van Jones on how Prince wanted to help kids. By Jessica Guynn
[USA Today]

Prince was a humanitarian who privately donated money to family of Trayvon Martin.
He wanted nobody — not even the family — to know where it came from, said Rev. Al Sharpton. By Kerry Burke &Rich Schapiro
[New York Daily News]

Purple Rain Launched Prince’s Meteoric, and Meteorically Short, Movie Career.
Some insight into the making and impact of Prince’s first movie, but article could use more info on the excellent Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987) film. By Gregg Kilday
[Hollywood Reporter]

Parties, vigils, other tributes to Prince in many cities.
The world bids farewell.
[CBS & Mashable & The Telegraph & Fader]

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, R.I.P. Prince Edition.

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