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Celebrating the life, music and legacy of Prince. This coverage is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Weisman Art Museum opens eclectic exhibit of art inspired by Prince


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The Weisman Art Museum was just deciding to devote a multi-gallery exhibit to Prince when, suddenly, the Minnesota music legend was no more. The icon’s death lends a poignant note to Prince from Minneapolis, a show that officially opens tomorrow. Tonight, a preview party will feature tunes from DJ Shannon Blowtorch and visits with artists including…

Pantone’s Color of the Year is a Prince-inspired purple


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Drumroll please. Today, the Pantone Color Institute announced its 2018 color of the year: purple. The shade, “Ultra Violet,” was inspired in part by our own Prince. This past August, Pantone and the Prince estate joined forces to announced the creation of the standardized custom color “Love Symbol #2” in honor of Prince. “Love Symbol…

Robyne Robinson remembers Prince's Vikings song, playful side


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Robyne Robinson is a former TV news anchor and is currently the director of arts and culture at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. During her time as a news anchor, Robinson enjoyed a professional friendship with Prince. On a recent visit to The Current, Robinson spoke with Jim McGuinn, sharing some memorable stories from her time working with Prince, revealing a bit about the artist's playful side.

Five reasons Prince was a guitar legend


Prince has been called one of the greatest guitar players of all time — even the greatest. Yet, oddly enough, it seems like he’s been on fewer guitar magazine covers than Dave Mustaine, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Mark Tremonti (no disrespect). So much of what people focused on was the mystique of Prince as a performer, singer,…

Prince's sexiest songs, according to Har Mar Superstar


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Minnesota's own Har Mar Superstar gave Jade his picks for Prince's 12 sexiest songs. Listen to his selections, read about how he chose them, and find out which one he's been regularly covering on tour.

Prince’s B-side strategy


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We all know Purple Rain is godhead, right? And yet, I’d argue that the two best Prince songs of 1984 aren’t even on it. Instead, they were released on the B-sides of that album’s pair of number one hits. In fact, the first released, on the flip side of “When Doves Cry,” the lustrous “17…

Prince estate launches first official merch store, as an online pop-up


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Just in time for holiday gift shopping, the Prince estate has launched a “Hit N Run” online store that it describes as a “pop-up store” that represents “the first offering of official and authorized merchandise from The Prince Estate.” The store, which will be active until Dec. 3 according to its header, features a dozen…

Today in Music History: Prince began his 'Controversy' tour


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Bob Dylan started recording his first album; Isaac Hayes had a No. 1 single with 'Theme from Shaft'; Paul Simon and George Harrison sang together on SNL; and Prince began his 'Controversy' tour, Today in Music History.

'My Name Is Prince' puts Paisley Park in London's heart


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Initially intended to run for 21 days to echo Prince's unparalleled series of shows at London's O2 Arena 10 years ago, 'My Name is Prince, The Official Exhibition' has exceeded expectations and will now give music-lovers on the other side of the Atlantic an extra 50 days to celebrate Prince's life work and to look at items brought over from Minnesota one year after Paisley Park officially opened for tours. Read a description and see photos from the exhibit.