Sometimes I wonder if I was born in the wrong decade. I love music but I seem to have missed out on growing up with so many fantastic musicians and performers, and Prince is certainly one of those. Despite being too young to really remember the work and performances of Prince I still love his music, hits like ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘Kiss’ just stand the test of time.
With a talented musician as a father it only seemed natural that Prince would inherit some form of musical gift. Prince loved music, loved to dance and loved to play his dad's piano despite not being allowed to. Whilst not loving school, he thrived at dance lessons where he could express himself and show off his own creativity. Prince could do it all - he could sing, he could dance, he could play instruments, he was the complete musical package and this made him a superstar.
He broke the rules and challenged musical stereotypes - he wore outrageous outfits including wearing high heels and did amazing things with his voice. He was one of the most colourful performers in pop and his music spanned musical genres where he would combine and mix sounds and styles to create incredible and original songs.
Delightfully illustrated with bright and bold artwork and with a story told in short and simple sentences, this is a very colourful read about the man who made a memorable mark on the musical industry. At the back of the the book there is a short overview of his life which includes key facts and dates and a historical timeline featuring photographs.
Prince was unique. A unique talent, a unique performer, a unique individual. This book is a celebration of that uniqueness and a reminder to us all to just be ourselves and to be the one who breaks the mould.
Recommended for 5+.
With thanks to Netgalley and Frances Lincoln Publishers for the ARC.