This time every year, I try to gather up my best work here in case anyone’s interested in catching up. But I had so much to say about Prince in 2016 I decided to gather that stuff up in a separate post. I’ll follow this up today or tomorrow with links to my other favorite stories.
I knew I’d written a bunch about the little guy this year, but I didn’t realize just how much till I sifted back through the archives. I was lucky enough to catch his final Minnesota show in January, and also lucky to have the opportunity to write two very different stories about his relationship with Minneapolis, for Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, the night after his death. It was a strange, emotional year in my town, and I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else in 2016.
“Prince Stuns at Emotional ‘Piano and a Microphone’ Solo Show,” Rolling Stone, January 22
“How Prince Changed Minneapolis,” Pitchfork, April 22
“Minneapolis in Mourning: A City Celebrates Prince,” Rolling Stone, April 22
“Hang Tough, Children: Life After Prince,” blog post, April 25
“New Power Generation: The Story of Prince’s ’90s band,” The Current, June 3.
“Prince’s Revolution Reunites for Tribute on ‘Purple Rain’ Stage,” Rolling Stone, September 2
“Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan Shine at Messy Prince Tribute,” Rolling Stone, October 14
“Tours of Prince’s Paisley Park: What to Expect in All 13 Rooms,” City Pages, November 3
I also did a little reporting on Prince’s probate case for Billboard. Here’s everything I had to say about 10-PR-16-46 In re the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson, Deceased.