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Prince Remembered

Minnesota Public Radio

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Prince Remembered

Prince Remembered

Minnesota Public Radio

24
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10
Plays
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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.

Latest Episodes

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 MINJAN 8
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Taja Sevelle - Prince's philanthropy and mentorship

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 MINJAN 4
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Dr. Fink: 'When Prince sang live, he was just impeccable'

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 MINJAN 3
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Fred Armisen: 'I could talk about Prince endlessly'

LeRoy Bennett: 'Prince was beyond anybody'

Production and lighting designer LeRoy Bennett began working with Prince in 1980 and continued working with him until 1994. 'I was blessed that I started my life and this career with him,' says Bennett, who has gone on to work with such artists as Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. In conversation with The Current's Andrea Swensson, Bennett reflects on his longtime friendship and working relationship with Prince. 'He pushed you knowing that you were giving all that you could,' Bennett says.

25 MINJAN 3
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LeRoy Bennett: 'Prince was beyond anybody'

Jellybean Johnson, 'Prince knew we had something special here in Minneapolis'

Drummer and guitarist Jellybean Johnson came up as a musician in North Minneapolis, playing with - and competing with - Prince. Johnson is a founding member of The Time, and in this conversation with The Current's Andrea Swensson, Johnson reflects on Prince's influence in shaping the iconic sound and look of bands like the Time, the Revolution, Vanity 6 and more.

14 MINJAN 2
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Jellybean Johnson, 'Prince knew we had something special here in Minneapolis'

Bobby Z: 'Prince went from a caterpillar to a butterfly in that one purple trench coat'

Bobby Z first met Prince in the mid-'70s when the two were teenagers, and Bobby went on to become drummer for the Revolution. In conversation with Andrea Swensson, Bobby Z offers a philosophical look at Prince's incredible life and career. "Prince was hearing all the music in his head like Beethoven or other classical musicians," Bobby Z says. "He was kind of reborn in all these characters throughout the ages."

38 MIN2019 DEC 20
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Bobby Z: 'Prince went from a caterpillar to a butterfly in that one purple trench coat'

Lisa Coleman: 'Prince and I just connected musically'

Prince's longtime collaborator and keyboard player, Lisa Coleman, joined Prince's band in the early 1980s and became a member of the Revolution. Coleman spoke to The Current's Andrea Swensson about her time working with Prince, both in the studio and on the road. "Hang around Prince, and stuff was going to happen," Coleman recalls. "And it did. I never met anybody that really followed through on everything they said like that." Listen to Andrea's full conversation with Lisa Coleman.

46 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Lisa Coleman: 'Prince and I just connected musically'

Nile Rodgers: 'Prince made such an impression on the world'

Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and musician Nile Rodgers talks to Andrea Swensson about his friendship with and the influence of Prince. 'Prince made such an impression on the world,' Rodgers says, 'that it was one of those magical forces that was undeniable.'

20 MIN2019 DEC 14
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Nile Rodgers: 'Prince made such an impression on the world'

Sheila E. on Prince's humanity, music in the vault

Over the course of his career, Prince worked with many talented musicians, but one of the closest relationships he had with any of his musicians was with Sheila E. An iconic drummer, singer songwriter and performer Sheila E. has had an incredible career with Prince and on her own.

7 MIN2019 DEC 12
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Sheila E. on Prince's humanity, music in the vault

Brittany Howard: 'Prince always stayed true to himself'

Brittany Howard, solo artist and frontwoman of Alabama Shakes, talks to The Current's Andrea Swensson about discovering Prince as a youngster and about how much Prince continues to inspire her work to this day. Howard also tells the story of the time Prince jumped onstage with Alabama Shakes at a show at Paisley Park and played 'the most epic solo.'

9 MIN2019 DEC 10
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Brittany Howard: 'Prince always stayed true to himself'

Latest Episodes

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 MINJAN 8
Comments
Taja Sevelle - Prince's philanthropy and mentorship

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 MINJAN 4
Comments
Dr. Fink: 'When Prince sang live, he was just impeccable'

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 MINJAN 3
Comments
Fred Armisen: 'I could talk about Prince endlessly'

LeRoy Bennett: 'Prince was beyond anybody'

Production and lighting designer LeRoy Bennett began working with Prince in 1980 and continued working with him until 1994. 'I was blessed that I started my life and this career with him,' says Bennett, who has gone on to work with such artists as Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. In conversation with The Current's Andrea Swensson, Bennett reflects on his longtime friendship and working relationship with Prince. 'He pushed you knowing that you were giving all that you could,' Bennett says.

25 MINJAN 3
Comments
LeRoy Bennett: 'Prince was beyond anybody'

Jellybean Johnson, 'Prince knew we had something special here in Minneapolis'

Drummer and guitarist Jellybean Johnson came up as a musician in North Minneapolis, playing with - and competing with - Prince. Johnson is a founding member of The Time, and in this conversation with The Current's Andrea Swensson, Johnson reflects on Prince's influence in shaping the iconic sound and look of bands like the Time, the Revolution, Vanity 6 and more.

14 MINJAN 2
Comments
Jellybean Johnson, 'Prince knew we had something special here in Minneapolis'

Bobby Z: 'Prince went from a caterpillar to a butterfly in that one purple trench coat'

Bobby Z first met Prince in the mid-'70s when the two were teenagers, and Bobby went on to become drummer for the Revolution. In conversation with Andrea Swensson, Bobby Z offers a philosophical look at Prince's incredible life and career. "Prince was hearing all the music in his head like Beethoven or other classical musicians," Bobby Z says. "He was kind of reborn in all these characters throughout the ages."

38 MIN2019 DEC 20
Comments
Bobby Z: 'Prince went from a caterpillar to a butterfly in that one purple trench coat'

Lisa Coleman: 'Prince and I just connected musically'

Prince's longtime collaborator and keyboard player, Lisa Coleman, joined Prince's band in the early 1980s and became a member of the Revolution. Coleman spoke to The Current's Andrea Swensson about her time working with Prince, both in the studio and on the road. "Hang around Prince, and stuff was going to happen," Coleman recalls. "And it did. I never met anybody that really followed through on everything they said like that." Listen to Andrea's full conversation with Lisa Coleman.

46 MIN2019 DEC 17
Comments
Lisa Coleman: 'Prince and I just connected musically'

Nile Rodgers: 'Prince made such an impression on the world'

Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and musician Nile Rodgers talks to Andrea Swensson about his friendship with and the influence of Prince. 'Prince made such an impression on the world,' Rodgers says, 'that it was one of those magical forces that was undeniable.'

20 MIN2019 DEC 14
Comments
Nile Rodgers: 'Prince made such an impression on the world'

Sheila E. on Prince's humanity, music in the vault

Over the course of his career, Prince worked with many talented musicians, but one of the closest relationships he had with any of his musicians was with Sheila E. An iconic drummer, singer songwriter and performer Sheila E. has had an incredible career with Prince and on her own.

7 MIN2019 DEC 12
Comments
Sheila E. on Prince's humanity, music in the vault

Brittany Howard: 'Prince always stayed true to himself'

Brittany Howard, solo artist and frontwoman of Alabama Shakes, talks to The Current's Andrea Swensson about discovering Prince as a youngster and about how much Prince continues to inspire her work to this day. Howard also tells the story of the time Prince jumped onstage with Alabama Shakes at a show at Paisley Park and played 'the most epic solo.'

9 MIN2019 DEC 10
Comments
Brittany Howard: 'Prince always stayed true to himself'
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