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      • Monday 4th November 2019

        On Monday 4th November 2019

      • 07:30 PM

        07:30 PM

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        EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney), London

Celebrate the launch of Prince’s memoir The Beautiful Ones in true Book Slam and Penguin Live style this November.

Penguin Live are bringing together a collection of the best poets, performers, writers, musicians and artists to do their thing at our art deco theatre in honour of one of the most talented, beloved and original artists in history.

Featuring Dan Piepenbring, editor of The Beautiful Ones who collaborated with Prince in his final days, when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world. More phenomenal contributors to be announced.

Part tribute, part gig, come and remember the greatest pop star of his era and a true artistic visionary at this unique live event.

The Beautiful Ones is the brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time—featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death.

This event is for over 18s only. No refunds will be issued for under 18s.

**Every ticket or pair of tickets includes a copy of The Beautiful Ones RRP £25**

  • The Beautiful Ones

  • From Prince himself comes the brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time—featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death.

    Prince was a musical genius, one of the most talented, beloved, accomplished, popular, and acclaimed musicians in pop history. But he wasn't only a musician—he was also a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of his early records to the mythical landscape of Purple Rain to the psychedelia of Paisley Park. But his greatest creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, the greatest pop star of his era.

    The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince—a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is composed of the memoir he was writing before his tragic death, pages that brings us into Prince's childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us into Prince's early years as a musician, before his first album released, through a scrapbook of Prince's writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince's evolution through candid images that take us up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book's fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain—the final stage in Prince's self-creation, as he retells the autobiography we've seen in the first three parts as a heroic journey.

    The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring’s riveting and moving introduction about his short but profound collaboration with Prince in his final days—a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he’d so carefully cultivated—and annotations that provide context to each of the book’s images.

    This work is not just a tribute to Prince, but an original and energizing literary work, full of Prince’s ideas and vision, his voice and image, his undying gift to the world.

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