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Prince and the Parade and Sign O' The Times Era Studio Sessions


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January 1985

February 1985

March 1985

April 1985

May 1985

June 1985

July 1985

August 1985

September 1985

October 1985

November 1985

December 1985

January 1986

February 1986

March 1986

April 1986

May 1986

June 1986

July 1986

August 1986

September 1986

October 1986

November 1986

December 1986


About the Author

Duane Tudahl has worked in entertainment for over twenty-five years and has produced and/or directed documentary programming for the History Channel, CBS, GTV, Fox, Discovery, Pax, the Gospel Music Channel, the Food Channel, Tru-TV, and HGTV, among others. He has also been an editor on multiple Emmy-nominated programs, including Intervention, Unsolved Mysteries, and Cops. He has been writing about Prince and the Minneapolis music scene for over two decades. His first book Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions won the 2018 ARSC Book Award for Best History in Rock Music. He has written the extended liner notes for the 2020 re-release of Sign "O" the Times.


Tudahl continues his Prince saga in this laudatory book, which is a meticulously researched day-by-day account of Prince's songwriting, recording, and live performances during 1985 and 1986. It chronicles the making of the film Under the Cherry Moon and the albums Around the World in a Day, Parade, and Sign o' the Times. Using interviews with Prince's fellow musicians and studio engineers, Tudahl painstakingly describes the importance of each stage rehearsal, concert, and song mix, and creates an intimate portrait of the singer, songwriter, and actor. Prince emerges as a controlling, sometimes generous, many times denigrating, wildly creative workaholic who became increasingly imperious after his Purple Rain stardom. The second installment in Tudahl's Prince chronology is a treasure trove for fans.--Library Journal
In this second Prince Studio Sessions series, Tudahl continues to explore the annals of Prince's voracious creative drive, even while touring the Purple Rain album at a pinnacle of his stardom. Working day-by-day and session-by-session, Tudahl meticulously recreates Prince's daily timeline in 1985 and 1986 while layering in a heap of technical information about the production process, equipment, and mixes that were created (many vaulted, still unheard). Brief snippets of information provide context for Prince's surroundings, the people he worked with, and concurrent events, but the focus remains on the music and how it poured out of Prince wherever he was, whether on the road or back at the studio. While these years weren't all glory--Prince sustained blows like the failure of his directorial debut Under the Cherry Moon, his decision not to participate in the "We Are the World" recording, and wavering public opinion after strutting around with his bodyguards at awards shows--it seems to have had little effect on his creativity and productivity. Compulsively readable and hugely useful to researchers, this dense chronology will command the rapt attention of casual fans and scholars alike.--Booklist (starred review)
An excellent and thorough account of the creative process. A must read for anyone interested in understanding the complexities and vicissitudes of Prince's musical journey.--Albert Magnoli, writer and director of Purple Rain
Duane is the one person who has managed to pull all of the different threads together and represent Prince's work in the best possible way.--Craig Mortimer-Zhika, Prince Museum
Duane is the quintessential Prince historian. This book will definitely give you accurate insight into his creative process.--Matt "Dr. Fink" Fink, member of The Revolution, Prince's keyboard player
Duane Tudahl set the bar high with his previous book. I'm glad to say that the sequel, Prince and the Parade and Sign "O" the Times Era Studio Sessions: 1985 and 1986, is even better. The book contains many interesting musical and lyrical observations by Duane, providing undisputed proof that he is the leading scholar of Prince's work.--Per Nilsen, author of The Vault and Dance, Music, Sex, Romance
Duane Tudahl's in-depth research combined with the vast number of people interviewed for this stunning series makes this new book, about perhaps Prince's artistically most interesting time of his career, another must-read.--jooZt Mattheij, editor of PrinceVault.com
Historians and scholars will have Duane Tudahl to thank for the meticulous effort he has brought to understanding Prince Rogers Nelson through the lens of how he spent his days.--Susan Rogers, Prince's recording engineer (1983-1988)
I have often wondered if the legacy of Prince would remain in good hands. After reading Duane Tudahl's works, I am sure it is.--Levi Seacer Jr., member of the New Power Generation, Prince's bass player and guitarist
Prince and the Parade and Sign "O" the Times Era Studio Sessions is such an invaluable resource that you'll wonder how you ever tried navigating this transformative period of Prince's work without it.--Andrea Swensson, host, Minnesota Public Radio's The Current
Thank you Duane for keeping Prince and all of our hard work and legacy's alive.--Bobby Z, member of The Revolution, Prince's drummer
The only thing better than reading about Prince's music is listening to it. Duane Tudahl inspires us to do both.--Alan Leeds, tour manager, production manager for Prince
The work coming from Duane Tudahl is top notch. It's a singular and superlative work.--Wendy Melvoin, member of The Revolution, Prince's guitarist

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