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BYOB Prince


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  1. leahnz says:

    dearly beloved
    we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life
    electric word, life
    it means forever and that’s a mighty long time
    but i’m here to tell you there’s something else
    the afterworld
    a world of never ending happiness
    you can always see the sun, day or night

  2. Doug R says:

    RIP Joanie Laurer, aka Chyna. 45 years old 🙁

  3. Hcat says:

    So so sad. When I was growing up Dylan and Bowie and the stones and everyone had already happened and had like four comebacks by then but Prince was the genius whose growth we actually got to witness. Even through his Jehovah days and fights with the label he just couldn’t help being so prolific. Album after album when he could of easily just toured on greatest hits and sold rights to commercials (wouldnt purple rain be a great name for.a laundry detergent). He was a representation of great artists, where they just can’t help themselves but create. He was filled with a multitude of songs bursting to get out, I am grateful for the ones that we are left and saddened by the ones we will never get to hear.

  4. Glamourboy says:

    Kevin Smith’s story of working with Prince

  5. brack says:

    That Kevin Smith video is hilarious. “Chaka mad!”

    Been listening to Sirius XM’s Prince Tribute channel a lot, and watching Purple Rain, which I’ve watched almost as much as any movie I’ve ever seen. Sucks that pills probably did him in, but not surprising given his untimely death.

  6. Pete B says:

    Been listening to the Tribute Channel too. Can we please put a limit on certain songs? Pop Life 3x in 4 hours is ridiculous when you consider how many songs Prince made. Also, they can play Sexy M.F. in its entirety, but they edit Controversy? WTF?!?

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So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

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