The story of Prince from someone with exclusive access

The story of Prince from someone with exclusive access

Prince 1958-2016 Stories from the Purple Underground


Published by Carlton Books

September 2016,

Printed Laminated Case, £20.00 ISBN: 978 178097 891 8


This is the story of Prince from the people who spent their lives working with him. Written by a BBC reporter and self-confessed Prince obsessive who has gained exclusive access to Prince’s closest collaborators.


People like Sonny Thompson, his childhood friend and bass player, Gayle Chapman, keyboard player with Prince’s first touring band, Susan Rogers, Prince’s personal sound engineer,Alan Leeds, President of Paisley Park Records and Larry Graham of Sly & The Family Stone/Graham Central Station.

Mobeen Azhar has been on stage with Prince. He visited Paisley Park and gained unique insight into Prince’s life and work. For Prince 1958-2016: Stories from the

Purple Underground’, Mobeen spoke to bandmates from every era of Prince’s career and relived the making of many of his albums.

This book is not a biography or an exhaustive history of Prince. It’s a collection of conversations Mobeen had with many of Prince’s closest collaborators. Those who knew Prince say he lived his life like a movie. The stories in this title are scenes in this movie and tell a story of studio obsession, performance, isolation and more than anything else; music.

‘Prince 1958-2016: Stories from the Purple Underground’ is a personal story accompanied by a carefully curated series of beautiful photographs, including rare and never-before-published images as well as classic shots from many leading photographers.

About the Author:

Mobeen Azhar is an award winning journalist and film maker. He makes access-based documentaries across television and radio. His specialist areas include sex work, addiction and terrorism. Mobeen received a BAFTA nomination for his BBC 2 series ‘Generation Jihad’. He won an Amnesty International Award for ‘Panorama:  The Secret Drone War’ and was nominated for a Foreign Press Association Award for ‘Inside Gay Pakistan.’

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The story of Prince from someone with exclusive access