Producer's Note, Friday, April 22nd, 2016 | Minnesota Public Radio News

Producer's Note, Friday, April 22nd, 2016 Live

9 am Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson, Minnesota’s pop music powerhouse died yesterday at the age of 57. He was found collapsed in his elevator 

Today--a roundtable on how Prince evolved as a musician from the 1970’s….Who he influenced...And who influenced HIM.
At 10:  We’ll open the phone lines and take some calls about what you’ve heard from our guests.

Our Roundtablers:  
Jim McGuinn is  the Program Director of 89.3 The Current. 

Toki Wright is a musician and the Program Coordinator for the HipHop Program at McNally Smith.  

Greil Marcus is a music journalist and critic..and the author of a number of books, including:  “The History of Rock and Roll in 10 Songs.”  

10 am Your Calls and a Prince Doc

10 am

Dessa of Doomtree joins us to take your calls reacting to the death of Prince.

For the rest of this hour, we look back at the iconic album “Purple Rain” – the best-selling album of Prince’s career, and a full length movie that put Minneapolis and, First Avenue, on the musical map. MPR’s Tom Weber and The Current’s Andrea Swensson created this documentary in 2014 to mark the event’s 30th anniversary. 

The movie Purple Rain was an immediate success at the box office—it grossed $7.7 million in its opening weekend, beating out Ghostbusters—and racked up comparisons to movies like the Beatles’s Hard Day’s Night and Citizen Kane in glowing reviews from major media outlets. The soundtrack earned Prince two Grammys and an Oscar for Best Original Song Score, and catapulted his career to new heights. But over the years it’s also gotten its share of flack, earning two Razzie Awards and becoming something of a cult classic loved by hardcore fans and mocked by others flipping past it on VH1.

Three decades later, how does the movie hold up? What was the lasting impact of Purple Rain on Prince’s career, and on Minneapolis?
Listen as they tour First Avenue, talk to the staff, and share interviews with longtime Star Tribune critic and Prince expert Jon Bream; the drummer for Prince’s band the Revolution, Bobby Z; and Prince’s co-star in the movie, Apollonia.

11 am Cont Prince Reaction

We’ll continue reacting to the news that Prince – Minnesota’s pop music powerhouse – died on Thursday. We’ll ask listeners to call us with their favorite Prince song – and we’ll play excerpts from a bunch of them during the hour. 

Joining Tom Weber in the studio:
Steven Hyden, former Grantland writer and author of the forthcoming book, “Your Favorite Band is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life.”


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