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Prince Rogers Nelson left this universe behind on April 21, 2016, leaving fans worldwide in mourning. Maybe nowhere in the world has felt this loss as profoundly than Prince’s home state of Minnesota. And to The Current, a radio station from Minnesota Public Radio, Prince was more than an artist, he was our friend. That’s why, in memory of the Purple One, we’re sharing the many conversations we’ve had with musicians, critics, reporters and more about Prince: his life, his music and his legacy.

Prince Rogers Nelson left this universe behind on April 21, 2016, leaving fans worldwide in mourning. Maybe nowhere in the world has felt this loss as profoundly than Prince’s home state of Minnesota. And to The Current, a radio station from Minnesota Public Radio, Prince was more than an artist, he was our friend. That’s why, in memory of the Purple One, we’re sharing the many conversations we’ve had with musicians, critics, reporters and more about Prince: his life, his music and his legacy.
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Prince Rogers Nelson left this universe behind on April 21, 2016, leaving fans worldwide in mourning. Maybe nowhere in the world has felt this loss as profoundly than Prince’s home state of Minnesota. And to The Current, a radio station from Minnesota Public Radio, Prince was more than an artist, he was our friend. That’s why, in memory of the Purple One, we’re sharing the many conversations we’ve had with musicians, critics, reporters and more about Prince: his life, his music and his legacy.

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Steve Perry on when Prince noted the similarity between 'Purple Rain' and 'Faithfully'

8/27/2018
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Steve Perry, former frontman of the band Journey, tells the story of how Prince wrote to the band to say he may have been inadvertently inspired by the song 'Faithfully'

Duration:00:02:41

Prince's half-sister Sharon: Preserving the Nelson legacy "at the top of her bucket list"

3/6/2018
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Just before the release of her father's posthumous album 'Don't Play With Love,' Prince's half-sister Sharon Nelson tells The Current how she found their dad's old sheet music, who wrote the "Purple Rain" melody, and why Prince's costumes may have resembled a stripper's.

Duration:00:18:56

Robyne Robinson remembers Prince's Vikings song, playful side

11/30/2017
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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.

Duration:00:14:59

Low Cut Connie's Adam Weiner: Prince photos and Barack Obama

5/28/2017
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Adam Weiner of the band Low Cut Connie met then-President Barack Obama in May 2016. During the visit to the White House, Weiner saw photographer Pete Souza's photos of President Obama and Prince, and Weiner learned of Obama's admiration of Prince. Weiner also shares the story of why Prince's "Controversy" became an important part of Low Cut Connie's live set list and a part of their latest album.

Duration:00:05:38

Mayte Garcia on her marriage to Prince

5/17/2017
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Mayte Garcia was married to Prince from 1996 to 2000. She spoke with The Current's Jill Riley and Brian Oake about her new memoir, 'The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince.'

Duration:00:06:22

3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis calls the Twin Cities home

4/22/2017
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3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis does an interview with Jim McGuinn, Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber on Minnesota Public Radio. 'There is a whole mix of emotions I am feeling,' Grantis says. 'Just hearing that music really does give me so much joy, and it makes me feel so good. I think it makes so many people all around the world feel good and comforted to hear that amazing music.'

Duration:00:11:04

Interview: André Cymone's dad was in a band with Prince's dad

4/21/2017
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André Cymone does an interview with Jim McGuinn, Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber on Minnesota Public Radio.

Duration:00:11:28

Interpreting Prince in American Sign Language

4/21/2017
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Shelly Lehner is an American Sign Language interpreter and a longtime Prince fan. Lehner was one of the ASL interpreters at the Prince tribute concert last October. 'If hearing people are going to a concert, and they're experiencing this loss of Prince, deaf people should be able to go to that concert as well, and have access,' Lehner says. Listen to Lehner's full story, and visit thecurrent.org to watch a captioned video of Lehner's interview, and to watch Lehner give an ASL...

Duration:00:08:28

Har Mar Superstar on Prince's sexiness

4/19/2017
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Minnesotan sex symbol Har Mar Superstar tells Jade what made Prince sexy, how his music varied from suggestive to explicit

Duration:00:02:13

'Did I dream that?': Artist Peyton remembers Prince, Glam Slam, Paisley Park in the '90s

4/11/2017
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Artist Peyton Scott Russell first encountered Prince in the 1990s, when Peyton showed work at the Glam Slam nightclub and helped decorate Paisley Park for Prince's wedding reception. When Prince died last year, Peyton was moved to cover his First Avenue star in gold leaf.

Duration:00:51:31

Regina Spektor: 'hindsight love'

3/28/2017
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In an interview with The Current's Jim McGuinn, Regina Spektor talks about how she came to discover and appreciate Prince later in life, watching 'Purple Rain' three times in succession on a transatlantic flight after Prince had passed. 'What an incredible artist,' Spektor says. 'People like that don't come around that often.'

Duration:00:04:32

Sylvan Esso: 'Prince was just the coolest'

3/17/2017
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Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso join Jade at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Meath relates a story from a friend in Beck's band, who opened for Prince. The story is an example of Prince's generosity and love of music. "[Prince] filmed the entirety of their set," Meath says, "and put a DVD of it into the TV and gave them notes on their set before he went on."

Duration:00:02:28

Jason Narducy: two Prince stories

3/16/2017
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Musician Jason Narducy (Bob Mould Band, Split Single, Superchunk) shares two Prince stories during an interview with Jade, recorded live at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Duration:00:03:26

Britt Daniel: 'Prince was a magical person'

3/16/2017
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Britt Daniel of Spoon reflects on Prince's legacy and shares his memories of seeing Prince perform. 'He was the greatest performer of his generation,' Daniel says, 'or perhaps of many generations.' From a live interview with Jade at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Duration:00:03:45

Thundercat: 'a guy that was in love with life'

3/10/2017
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Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, talks about his favorite Prince song and a moment in the Prince film 'Under the Cherry Moon' that always makes him smile. Thundercat also shares a story from his brother, Ronald Bruner Jr., who worked as a session musician with Prince at Paisley Park.

Duration:00:03:01

Run the Jewels: 'one of the biggest heroes and influences'

3/6/2017
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El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels talk about Prince's legacy on a Theft of the Dial on The Current, hosted by Sean McPherson. Killer Mike also gives respect to Morris Day and the Time, for their music and for reinventing cool in the 1980s.

Duration:00:03:51

Roger Linn, inventor of the LM-1 drum machine, talks Prince and "When Doves Cry"

3/1/2017
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Roger Linn, inventor of the LM-1 Drum Computer, discusses Prince's use of his instrument on "When Doves Cry" and more.

Duration:00:16:04

Susannah Melvoin on Prince

11/7/2016
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Susannah Melvoin reflects on Prince's tenderness and how she ended up co-writing "Starfish and Coffee."

Duration:00:25:31

Slug from Atmosphere: 'Prince broke a lot of barriers for us'

11/3/2016
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Sean Daley, aka Slug, from the hip-hop group Atmosphere, talks to The Current's Andrea Swensson about what it was like to come up in the music industry while living in the same city as Prince. Slug describes how Prince broke boundaries and set new precedents in the music industry. And Slug also tells the story of how he once performed freestyle rap onstage with Prince, who improvised on piano.

Duration:00:05:20

Andre Cymone: 'It's hard to say goodbye to a best friend'

10/24/2016
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Andre Cymone is a lifelong friend of Prince and one of Prince's first bandmates. In this interview with The Current's Andrea Swensson, Cymone describes: playing at the Revolution's reunion shows at First Avenue; how he and Prince first met and became friends; and the music and events that influenced him and Prince as they were growing up in Minnesota in the 1960s and 70s. Recorded before a live audience at the Minnesota State Fair on Sept. 2, 2016.

Duration:00:11:08