Synopses & Reviews
andlt;iandgt;21 Nightsandlt;/iandgt;--a first book by Prince and celebrated photographer Randee St. Nicholas is a stunning multimedia volume offering a rare glimpse into the life, lyrics and mystique of one of the most notable and prolific musicians of our time. This beautifully designed photographic essay flows from Prince's sensational, unprecedented, record-breaking, sold-out 21 concerts in 21 Nights at London's 02 Arena in 2007. Giving insight into his dueling worlds of performance and solitude, andlt;iandgt;21 Nightsandlt;/iandgt; incorporates Prince's evocative poetry and lyrics to new songs and other selections, and 124 full-color, sumptuous never-before-published images by Randee St. Nicholas. As part of the multi-dimensional experience, it will also include "Indigo Night," a CD--available only with the book--capturing Prince's after-hours, live after-show sessions--rare and profound moments of musical genius. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;21 Nightsandlt;/iandgt; takes the reader from the passenger seat of a limousine zipping through the streets of London to his sleeping quarters in a luxury hotel. In between we see him and his phenomenal band of musicians, singers and dancers backstage in the make up room to onstage, bathed in purple lights and a fog of gray smoke. Like a movie-in-a-book, readers are taken on his journey from London to Prague, in a style that takes glam rock to a new level. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Then there is poetry and lyrics that reveal the heart and soul of Prince--in addition to his incomparable talent. Going beyond the catchy hook, he expresses himself on everything from the destructive forces of war, greed and superficiality the life giving energy of love, beauty, and--of course--music.
"For international pop star Prince's first book, photographer St. Nicholas set up shop during the performer's 2007 sold-out 21-night stand at the O2 Center in London. In Prince's room, by the hotel elevator, backstage at the concert hall, out on the streets after-hours and on stage, St. Nicholas dazzles with one magical shot after another. Perhaps the most enigmatic and tight-lipped of modern rock stars, St. Nicholas says in her introduction that 'to know him is to know that you probably will never really know him and to question that is a waste of time.' Images reveal quiet joy and pronounced solitude, pensiveness and passion, like a two-shot of Prince sitting head down at his mirrored piano, eyes closed, fingers worn down by guitar strings. Though at first glance many of these images?vividly colored, dynamically framed?appear staged, this hefty, gorgeous tome is filled largely with off-the-cuff shots of the artist and his band, the New Power Generation. Accompanying photos are Prince's lyrics and poetry?he writes a lot about women and biblical lessons?as well as a 15-track CD recorded live at London's Indigo club, where he played most nights after the concert. Though the low-light restriction at times interferes with a perfect print, St. Nicholas has crafted a gorgeous, raw and honest portrait of one of the world's most elusive musicians, a worthy addition to any fan's library." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The book jacket is printed with a black and silver duotone paper-over-board. It will be elegantly sealed in a purple slip case with foil stamping and then shrink wrapped for protection. 21 Nights was inspired by Prince and The NPG's groundbreaking reign of 21 consecutive performances at London's O2 Center during the summer of 2007. It is a book that transcends the conventions of form as it includes stunning photography by Randee St. Nicholas, poetry by Prince throughout, and Indigo Nights, a live sessions CD from o2 after-parties at the O2's Indigo Club which also includes new music by Prince.
Inspired by Prince and The NPG's groundbreaking reign of 21 consecutive performances at London's O2 Center during the summer of 2007, this volume includes stunning photography by Randee St. Nicholas, poetry by Prince throughout, and "Indigo Nights," a live-sessions CD from O2 after-parties.Atria Books
About the Author
As one of the greatest American Pop Music icons, Prince has won numerous awards including an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Brit Award, and several Grammy Awards throughout his highly successful career. Princeand#8217;s super stardom took off with his album Purple Rain (concurrent with the film of the same name in the 80s. Most recently, in 2004 with the release of his album andlt;iandgt;Musicologyandlt;/iandgt;, Pollstarandnbsp;named Prince the top concert draw among musicians in andlt;ST1:COUNTRY-REGIONandgt;andlt;st1:placeandgt;Americaandlt;/ST1:PLACEandgt;andlt;/ST1:COUNTRY-REGIONandgt;. Prince's Musicology Tour was the most profitable tour in the music industry that year. He was inducted into the Rock andamp; Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the UK Hall of Fame in 2006.andlt;bandgt;Randee St Nicholasandlt;/bandgt; is one of the music and entertainment industries' most acclaimed portrait photographers. She photographed Whitney numerous times throughout her career and directed the music video for "I'm Every Woman." She lives in Los Angeles.