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Prince Rogers Nelson left this universe behind on April 21, 2016, leaving fans worldwide in mourning. Maybe nowhere in the world has felt this loss as profoundly than Prince's home state of Minnesota. And to The Current, a radio station from Minnesota Public Radio, Prince was more than an artist, he was our friend. That's why, in memory of the Purple One, we’re sharing the many conversations we’ve had with musicians, critics, reporters and more about Prince: his life, his music and his legacy.

Prince Remembered Minnesota Public Radio

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    • 4.6 • 79 Ratings

Prince Rogers Nelson left this universe behind on April 21, 2016, leaving fans worldwide in mourning. Maybe nowhere in the world has felt this loss as profoundly than Prince's home state of Minnesota. And to The Current, a radio station from Minnesota Public Radio, Prince was more than an artist, he was our friend. That's why, in memory of the Purple One, we’re sharing the many conversations we’ve had with musicians, critics, reporters and more about Prince: his life, his music and his legacy.

    Jellybean Johnson unveils plans for Minneapolis Sound Museum

    Jellybean Johnson unveils plans for Minneapolis Sound Museum

    Jellybean Johnson is Minneapolis music royalty. The drummer for the Time also leads the Jellybean Johnson Experience. Plus, he played with Prince, and co-produced the hit song “Black Cat” with Janet Jackson. Now, he's the co-founder of the Minneapolis Sound Museum. "The Minneapolis sound is Prince," Johnson tells The Current's Jill Riley. "But [it's] also those of us who grew up with him and played with him and pushed him and one another to be great."

    For more information about the Minneapolis Sound Museum, visit mplssoundmuseum.com.

    • 5 min
    Andre Cymone discusses Prince's 'Controversy,' released 40 years ago

    Andre Cymone discusses Prince's 'Controversy,' released 40 years ago

    Andre Cymone is an essential part of the story of Minneapolis music, and he continues to tour and release albums, and Andre's story is inextricably linked with the story of Prince and the Minneapolis sound. We took the opportunity to connect partially because it was the 40th anniversary of the release of "Controversy," and also because Andre Cymone is a legend. Around the release of "Controversy," Andre had just left the touring group that Prince had put together. Looking back at that time gives us a fruitful way to understand the relationship between these two Minneapolis icons.

    • 39 min
    Michael Bland and Tommy Barbarella of the New Power Generation talk 'Diamonds and Pearls'

    Michael Bland and Tommy Barbarella of the New Power Generation talk 'Diamonds and Pearls'

    On the 30th anniversary of Prince's "Diamonds and Pearls" album, Sean McPherson had the chance to talk to drummer Michael Bland and keyboardist Tommy Barbarella of the New Power Generation to compare notes and to share memories of recording the album, of working with Prince, and about being part of a great band and the lively Minneapolis music scene.

    • 28 min
    Taja Sevelle - Prince's philanthropy and mentorship

    Taja Sevelle - Prince's philanthropy and mentorship

    Taja Sevelle was one of the first artists on the Paisley Park record label. She recorded the Prince-penned "Wouldn't You Love To Love Me?" (on her self-titled 1987 release); Prince's version was on the recently released Prince 'Originals' album. Sevelle, whose birthday is today, January 7, spoke with The Current's Andrea Swensson about Prince's mentorship and his fervent belief and support in her second career: urban farming.

    • 11 min
    Dr. Fink: 'When Prince sang live, he was just impeccable'

    Dr. Fink: 'When Prince sang live, he was just impeccable'

    Matt Fink - aka Dr. Fink - was one of Prince's first keyboard players and is a member of the Revolution. In conversation with Andrea Swensson, Dr. Fink reflects on performing, recording and touring with Prince. 'He was always transforming himself into something different with every record,' Fink says. 'There was always something new and original and exploratory.'

    • 16 min
    Fred Armisen: 'I could talk about Prince endlessly'

    Fred Armisen: 'I could talk about Prince endlessly'

    Actor, comedian and musician Fred Armisen ('Saturday Night Live'; 'Portlandia'; 'Late Night with Seth Meyers') discovered Prince shortly after the release of '1999.' In a conversation with The Current's Andrea Swensson, Armisen talks about how he discovered Prince and became an instant fan for life. 'Prince really became my favorite artist,' Armisen says. 'I really soaked up every lyric, every little drumbeat, everything about him.'

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

ThaWingedCow ,

This is amazing

What wonderful nuggets - surprising and enjoyable each time. Thank you Minnesota PR. Please keep this up - please keep posting!!

Bass Brotha #1 ,

Important & Necessary

Prince is about 10yrs older than me. As a musician, he’s always been like a cool crazy big cousin teaching me lessons all my life. I’ve always wondered who he was beyond the mystique, and this does EXACTLY that!

Thank you 🙏🏾

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