Allen Beaulieu was Prince's photographer and friend beginning in the late 1970s. He photographed three album covers and toured extensively with the artist. Dez Dickerson is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, and record executive and was a member of the Revolution with Prince from 1978 to 1984. He currently runs Pavilion Synergies, a social marketing and music entertainment company. Jim Walsh is a writer, columnist, journalist, and songwriter from Minneapolis and writer of the liner notes for the 1995 Prince album The Gold Experience and author of The Gold Experience: Following Prince in the '90s.
"Allen was like another member of the band. He was the only
photographer that I ever remember just hanging around with us.
Prince trusted him more than anyone since, I think. Al was allowed
to be around in the dressing rooms and at rehearsals. . . . He was
there in beginning, and we were really close, and he was a punk
like we were. I am so glad to see someone unearthing his stuff."
"Working with Al was very natural; it flowed. The magic of how Al worked--and I think it's the thing that really appealed to Prince--is he had a way of conducting things along without being overbearing or reducing people to action figures or something. It was very organic, and he managed to pull something out of this disparate set of human beings." Dez Dickerson