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.

Bobby Z remembers Prince and the inspiration behind ‘1999’

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Bobby Z knew Prince for 43 years. The two spent time together growing up in Minneapolis and played with each other for years in the Revolution. Stopping by The Current’s studio, Z shared some of the memories he made with Prince. One of his most memorable ones was working on the essential Prince album, 1999.…

Install the Purple Current Alexa Skill

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Make your Amazon Echo super funky. Install the Purple Current Alexa Skill to open the stream and get song info. If you create an account, you can make requests and rate songs too.

Remember when Prince ruled Coachella (and controversially covered Radiohead) in 2008?

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Earlier today, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced its lineup for 2019. The bill includes headliners Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande, as well as acts like Janelle Monáe, Weezer, Maggie Rogers, and former Minnesota resident Lizzo. While the internet is in a frenzy over this year’s Coachella performers, we thought we’d…

Rare Prince recording and press kit acquired by Minnesota Historical Society

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The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) has added a press kit from 1977, Prince’s earliest days as a recording artist, to the collection. According to a press release, the press kit, which includes a demo reel recorded here in Minneapolis, was donated by Prince’s first manager, Owen Husney. Let’s rewind time for a moment… In the spring…

New sculpture, ‘Purple Raindrop,’ pays tribute to Prince in North Minneapolis park

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Take a stroll by Farview Park along North 26th Avenue in Minneapolis, and you may notice a splash of purple amidst the snow and barren branches. This purple — a shade formally titled “Purple Reign”— is the color of a new permanent sculpture unveiled this month, which emulates the subject of Prince’s “Purple Rain” and…