Paisley Park (credit: the now-defunct “Paisley Park After Dark” Facebook page)
Welcome to my blog. I’m the author of The Rise of Prince: 1958-1988, a biography of music icon Prince Rogers Nelson.
Like many fans, whether casual, lapsed or hardcore, the past two years has found me consumed with Prince. Three weeks after my family moved from Chicago to Chanhassen, Minnesota, Prince died. We lived only a few miles from Paisley Park, but I had arrived too late to see Prince at his legendary compound. (The cry of “but I just got here!” wasn’t my first reaction to his death — although it may have been my second). Despite the fact that I was a wife and mom of two boys who had just moved to a new state, and a full-time director of communications for a company in New York, something inside me kicked in. I knew I had to do something.
Then, through the magic of the fan site Prince.org, I got lucky and found Alex Hahn, author of Possessed, published in 2002 by Billboard Books, and considered by many to be the definitive biography of Prince at that time. Until I met Alex, I never knew I had it in me to work full-time and co-author a book while trying to figure out how things worked in my new state — but somehow, egged on by some force beyond me, and abetted by caffeine, I did. Together, we went on to write The Rise of Prince.
Today, more than two years and one published book later, I’m equal parts perplexed and awed by my reaction to Prince’s death and the aftermath. I’ve always been a behind-the-scenes person and never wanted to be out front, but I stepped up to take a public role with Prince fan groups and the media. My then-14-year-old son didn’t have any problem explaining it. He said to tell people that when Prince died, he said, “Laura, it’s your turn. Get up on stage!”
Prince made me an author again. Or rather, I, inspired by Prince, made myself an author again. I hope that this blog, by sharing and talking about music, songs and Prince’s life, helps you connect with your own desires and go out and do the thing that only you can do.