21 Nights: Photography, Poetry, Music, Lyrics

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21 Nights: Photography, Poetry, Music, Lyrics Rock
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In '21 Nights', Prince does what he does. He thrives in his dueling worlds of music and solitude. As each day becomes night, Prince prepares for a performance that is never the same. 24,000 people arrive to inhabit the arena known as the O2. There is a charged electricity of anticipation that unites everyone. The expectations from all involved, band, crew, and audience are high as they willingly turn the night over to the music that never lets them down. The experience can never be duplicated or forgotten. And then there is an after show where the music continues with tireless passion. And finally the euphoric reality of a new day beginning. Prince is ready to do it all over, again and again.

Editorial Reviews

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 that "[t]o 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 Prince 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. (Oct.)

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