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Prince memoir 'The Beautiful Ones' coming out in the fall

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Prince was categorized as a funk/soul star by rockologists but he did everything from punk, dance, orchestral, folk, rockabilly, heavy metal, hard rock, alternative, new wave, r & b, gospel, jazz fusion and more - but no matter what he did it always had a strong psychedelic touch and flavor to it.  

His music was the soundtrack of Generation X (my generation) and beyond. His influence was tremendous. On the day he died EVERY radio station of EVERY format on the FM dial in my home city played Prince music exclusively for the rest of the week. It was a very sad day for my generation and for rock'n'roll.

In late December 2015 the band who invented speed metal, Motorhead split up on the same night bassist/singer Lemmy died. 2 weeks later the pioneering chameleon David Bowie died and that was shocking. Then in March Prince left for the next life. 3 great rock icons - GONE. And the Grim Reaper had just got started.

That's why I've been trying to see as many legends as I can ever since before they're gone. I have seen Motorhead but not the other two in concert. I saw Springsteen again in 2016, Kenny Rogers before his medically-induced retirement, Bon Jovi, Bryan Ferry, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Cheap Trick again, ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Weird Al Yankovic, Phil Collins, anybody I haven't seen before (reasonable ticket prices). You have to see your superstar heroes while you can because once they're gone, they're gone.

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