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The official podcast dedicated to Prince, the singular artist and visionary. Featuring explorations of Prince's massive discography, interviews with his trusted collaborators, and stories about his groundbreaking, prolific career. Brought to you by The Prince Estate, which passionately presents Prince's life and work and aims to immerse fans, old and new, in Prince's story.

Prince: The Story of 1999 The Prince Estate

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The official podcast dedicated to Prince, the singular artist and visionary. Featuring explorations of Prince's massive discography, interviews with his trusted collaborators, and stories about his groundbreaking, prolific career. Brought to you by The Prince Estate, which passionately presents Prince's life and work and aims to immerse fans, old and new, in Prince's story.

    Prince: The Story of 1999, Episode 4: Let's Work

    Prince: The Story of 1999, Episode 4: Let's Work

    Host Andrea Swensson is joined by Brenda Bennett, Bobby Z, Tom Marzullo, Michael Howe, Matt Fink, Roy Bennett, Lisa Coleman, Jellybean Johnson, Dez Dickerson, Brittany Howard, Fred Armisen, and Nile Rodgers.

    • 34 min
    Prince: The Story of 1999, Episode 3: The Idolmaker

    Prince: The Story of 1999, Episode 3: The Idolmaker

    With reams of material created over the winter of 1981-1982, Prince turned his attention toward refining his emerging double album and shaping the look and sound of protégés The Time and Vanity 6.

    • 30 min
    Prince: The Story of 1999, Episode 2: Rearrange

    Prince: The Story of 1999, Episode 2: Rearrange

    As Prince pulled away from the spotlight in the winter of 1981-1982, his creative drive began whirring faster than ever. Hear some of the never-before-released material recorded by Prince during this prolific era, alongside stories about his two early '80s workspaces: his home studio on Lake Riley in Chanhassen, Minnesota; and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles. Host Andrea Swensson interviews Bobby Z., Lisa Coleman, Duane Tudahl, and Peggy McCreary.

    • 32 min
    Prince: The Story of 1999, Episode 1: My Mind Says Prepare to Fight

    Prince: The Story of 1999, Episode 1: My Mind Says Prepare to Fight

    The story of 1999 begins with one of the most legendary concert debacles in rock history. When an October 1981 crowd of Rolling Stones fans greeted opener Prince with scorn, it solidified his resolve to forge a new path. Hear the first tracks Prince recorded in that pivotal moment, which are included in the Super Deluxe Edition reissue of 1999, alongside stories from bandmates Dez Dickerson, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink and Bobby Z.; engineer Peggy McCreary; journalist Robert Hilburn; and vault archivist Michael Howe.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

BrownBearFarr ,

Solid Podcast, But I Wish There Was More

I liked all of the interviews and insight. This was very informative for music and Prince lovers.
The downside is that it’s only 4 episodes. It should have been 7, right?

X45north ,

It’s good but...

It’s good and interesting but it took me a while to realize it was a commercial for the re-release of the 1999 album. I was wondering why they kept talking about the re-release. But, it’s an extended ad. Still - good interviews and stories.

Zawfer ,

Well-made Infomercial

As someone who was indifferent to Prince back in the day, I found the first episode of this podcast very interesting and informative. I"d never heard the story about the Rolling Stones' fans throwing bottles and rotten food at him and his band...what a horror. People can be so vile. The racial issue underlying this mess is not glossed over, but it's not turned into a big political thing either. At some point towards the end of the episode I realized I was hearing over and over again about the new boxed set with a ton of new songs and versions that we haven't heard before, and I realized this podcast was constructed around its release. In other words, it's a commercial. Fortunately, it's not a cheesy commercial, it actually has substance. I will keep listening to the next episodes and see if it holds my interest. One downside is that the woman narrating the story has a sing-songy, annoying voice that makes me want to tell her to tone it down or stop talking. She's enthusiastic, but it would have been good if someone had given her a few lessons on dialing it back a few notches. Oh well, nobody's perfect. At least she doesn't have a vocal fry, which is way, way worse.

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