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Funkiest. Minnesotan. Ever.

A tribute to the musical icon.

  • Prince Star and Memorial at First Ave

    Photograph by AP Photo/Jim Mone

    Prince Everlasting

    Prince’s music guarantees his immortality, but the stories ensure we never forget where he came from. more

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Prince in Las Vegas Feb 2007

    Photo by EPA/PAUL BUCK/alamy

    Prince: The Man

    He could seem otherworldly, a sphinx draped in purple. But let’s not forget about Prince the human being. more

    Dec 5, 2016

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  • Peyton Russell and Gold First Ave Star

    Photos by Joe Treleven

    The Man Who Made It Gold

    The gold star outside First Avenue seemed the club’s way of honoring Prince. The only problem? First Ave. didn’t do it—nor did it know who did. This is the untold odyssey of the hero-fan who pulled off a stunt 30 years in the making. more

    Dec 5, 2016

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  • Tom and Angie Wicka with Robert Whitman Prince Print

    Photo by Bill Phelps

    An Iconic Prince Print

    Memories of Prince come alive in the Edina home of Tom and Angie Wicka, owners of Robert Whitman’s one-of-a-kind print of Prince. more

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Gwen Leeds

    Photo by Bill Phelps

    Q&A with Gwen Leeds

    One of Prince’s earliest style co-conspirators talks about his ever-evolving look. more

    Dec 5, 2016

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    Prince Has Got the Look

    Rare is the fashion designer who does not take some cues from Prince—if not in the literal details, then in the fearlessness. more

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Prince and Cat Glover

    Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns

    Prince: Always in Motion

    Prince’s magical style went beyond the music. He created his own sexy, can’t-take-your-eyes-off-of-him moves. more

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Prince fans gathering outside First Avenue in Minneapolis

    Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

    Fit For a Prince

    Some of the legend’s biggest fans reflect on the Twin Cities tribute events that celebrated his life and music. more

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Prince Illustration

    Photo Illustration by Nigel Evan Dennis

    Prince 101

    As a musician, Prince could do anything (he played 27 instruments on his first album) and lead anyone—from the Revolution to the New Power Generation to 3rdEyeGirl. Here’s a cheat sheet that distills the elements of his genius. more

    Dec 5, 2016

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  • Prince Memorial at Paisley Park

    Photograph by Scott Olson/Getty Images

    Perpetual Adoration

    All hail Prince, the secular saint of Minneapolis. more

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Pepe Willie

    Photograph by Bill Phelps

    Q&A with Pepé Willie

    One of Prince’s earliest musical mentors opens up. more

    Dec 5, 2016

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    Photos courtesy of: Nate Ryan (Chastity Brown, POS), Alex King (KING), Jabari Jacobs (Lizzo), Tony Nelson (Sonny Thompson), Rich Peterson (Peter Parker), Asata Wright (Toki Wright), Rhymesayers Entertainment (Slug), Sarah White (Sarah White)

    The New Power Generation 2.0

    Prince’s influence on local music lives on, but—like the artist himself—it’s complicated. more

    Dec 5, 2016

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    Prince: The Peacock

    Fashion rebel. Sexy m.f.-ing dancer. Prince took swagger to freaky, fabulous heights, influencing a generation of designers and dancers. more

    Dec 5, 2016

  • The atrium at Paisley Park

    Photograph courtesy of Paisley Park/NPG Records

    A Curated Tour of Prince's Twin Cities

    Five itineraries. Twenty-five landmarks. One long purple journey. more

    Dec 5, 2016

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  • KING band

    photo courtesy of KING

    KING Plays On

    Prince was famous for mentoring upstart artists. One of the final groups he took an interest in was KING. Just hours before they played their first Minneapolis show without Prince in the audience, they talked about the role he played in their lives. more

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Prince Performing

    Photo by Christopher Pillitz / Alamy Stock Photo

    Prince: The Hometown Kid

    Prince may have been a one-in-a-million talent, but he was also the product of multiple Minneapolis neighborhoods. more

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Prince Chronologically

    Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library (1972); Lewton Cole/Alamy (1980); ZUMA Press Inc/Alamy (1983, 1985); MARKA/Alamy (1986); The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images (1988); AP Photo/Reed Saxon (1995); AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File (2007); Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File (2015). Photo production by Nicki Nicki Longoria

    Prince: The Life of an Icon

    Creative peaks, surreal twists, and an untimely end marked Prince’s time on earth. Behold, the highlight reel. more

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Bobby Z

    Photo by Bill Phelps

    A Soldier in Prince’s Revolution

    Drummer Bobby Z opens up about his close relationship with Prince and the early battles they overcame together to create a band and keep the music alive. more

    Dec 5, 2016

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    Q&A with Tommy Barbarella

    One of his closest musical collaborators of the 1990s details what Prince’s genius looked like from the inside. more

    Dec 5, 2016

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    Prince and The Press

    Prince had a love-hate relationship with the local press, which had the unenviable task of covering him in his hometown. more

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Barry Lather and Michael Jackson

    Photos courtesy of Barry Lather

    “You’re funky, where you from?”

    The star-studded tale of Barry Lather, the Minnesotan who choreographed Prince’s “Batdance” video. more

    Dec 5, 2016