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The all new 700 page book by Duane Tudahl  with a foreword by Sir Elton John

The all new 700 page book by Duane Tudahl  
with a foreword by Sir Elton John

“Historians and scholars will have Duane Tudahl to thank for the meticulous effort he has brought to understanding Prince Rogers Nelson through the lens of how he spent his days.”
“Historians and scholars will have Duane Tudahl to thank for the meticulous effort he has brought to understanding Prince Rogers Nelson through the lens of how he spent his days.”
Prince’s engineer
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“Thank you Duane for keeping Prince 
and all of our hard work and legacies alive”
—BOBBY Z drummer for The Revolution
Prince and the Parade/Sign O’ The Times Era Studio Sessions: 1985-1986 picks up where Duane Tudahl’s first book Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983-1984 left off, with Prince at the peak of his popularity in the midst of the Purple Rain tour. This second book in the award-winning studio session series digs even deeper into his musical catalog, revealing how Prince, the biggest rock star on the planet at the time, risked everything to create some of the most introspective music of his four-decade career. 
The captivating story unfolds through unprecedented access to over four dozen musicians, singers, studio engineers, and others who worked with him and knew him best (including members of the Revolution, the Time, the Family and Apollonia 6). Hundreds of daily session notes from multiple studios including Sunset Sound in Los Angeles and his home studio in Minneapolis provide never-before-published details allowing rare insight into how his art reflected his life, with his songs serving as his diary. 
A definitive chronicle of Prince’s awe-inspiring brilliance during the post Purple Rain period, this book covers his work on over a dozen albums, two tours, a movie, the breakup of his band, the Revolution, and countless unreleased songs that illuminate the private genius behind the music. It is an emotional and intimate story of love, loss, rivalry, and renewal which not only shaped his career during this era, but changed the landscape of music forever. 
With the meteoric success of Purple Rain, Prince was no longer the young rebel who shocked and offended the world. With a fly-on-the-wall perspective, Tudahl invites you into the room as Prince struggles with his success, the commercial and critical failure of Under The Cherry Moon, the breakup of bands and relationships that had buoyed him for years. Having cast off what was familiar, he went about creating the soundtrack of a new revolution, with Prince, as always, at the forefront. Ultimately Prince rebounded with a growing maturity that found him writing such masterpieces as “Forever In My Life,” “If I Was Your Girlfriend,” and the timeless social commentary of “Sign O’ The Times.”

Although the book is a sequel, Prince and the Parade/Sign O’ The Times Era Studio Sessions: 1985-1986 stands on its own as both a highly entertaining human story as well as a scholarly work which should be the ‘go to’ book for decades to come for those wishing to gain insight into the creative process of arguably the greatest musical genius of the late twentieth century.
With unprecedented access to the musicians, singers, and studio engineers who knew Prince best, including members of the Revolution and the Time, Duane Tudahl weaves an intimate saga of an eccentric genius and the people and events who helped shape the groundbreaking music he created. From Sunset Sound Studios’ daily recording logs and the Warner Bros. vault of information, Tudahl uncovers hidden truths about the origins of songs such as “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Raspberry Beret” and also reveals never-before-published details about Prince’s unreleased outtakes. 
Praise for The Prince Studio Sessions Book Series
“Hands down, the most extensive study of the most crucial period of Prince’s career.”

“Duane Tudahl's work researching Prince's life is a revelation, and with his second book Tudahl goes even deeper into the daily activities of Prince at his most visible, pressurized, and prolific. Prince and the Parade/Sign O' The Times Era Studio Sessions is such an invaluable resource that you'll wonder how you ever tried navigating this transformative period of Prince's work without it.”
Host of Minnesota Public Radio's The Current and author

“The only thing better than reading about Prince’s music is listening to it. Duane Tudahl
inspires us to do both.”
Prince’s manager

“My brother, Alan Leeds, is known as the ‘official’ archivist for James Brown. So I know what it takes to assemble an authoritative discography. Duane Tudahl is to the music of Prince what Alan Leeds is to the music of James Brown.”
Prince’s sax player/member of Madhouse

“Incredibly insightful and revealing. This is the first book that I recognized the Prince that I knew.”
Prince's manager

“Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983-1984 is such an incredible read. Duane has done a fabulous job at sticking to the facts as they were presented. I highly recommend it and look forward to the next studio session books.”
Singer in Vanity 6/Apollonia 6

“I don’t give a lot of interviews about my tenure working for Prince as most authors I’ve found are interested in band drama more than the music and how it was created. Duane on the other hand is only interested in getting the accurate facts and reporting them.”
Trumpet player for Prince

“Duane took me back to a time period before I met Prince and gave me insight to him through the music sessions that helped me understand better the Prince I was so privileged to know. Thank you Duane for giving me a glimpse into the man he was before I knew him.”
Playboy model and friend of Prince

“My favorite Prince book ever.”


“Reading Duane Tudahl’s book will give you a scholarly look into a creative’s mind. And you know the work coming from Duane is top notch. It’s a singular and superlative work.”
member of The Revolution/Prince’s guitarist

The book contains many interesting musical and lyrical observations by Duane, providing undisputed proof that he is the leading scholar of Prince’s work.”
Prince biographer and author

Duane is the one person who has managed to pull all of those threads together and represent Prince's work in the best possible way. No matter whether you are new to Prince's music, or a lifelong fan, the insight into the music, the man and the magic is a lesson to us all.
Prince Museum

"This book is brilliant."
co-lead singer for The Family/fDeluxe

“Duane Tudahl's in depth research combined with the vast number of people interviewed for this stunning series makes this new book, about perhaps Prince's artistically most interesting time of his career, another must read.” 
Editor of PrinceVault.com

“Duane Tudahl has a potent powerful mind. His ability to connect person, place and thing is worthy of a music historian and archivist medal. I’m thrilled he’s continuing his work with Prince’s music history and keeping it clear and readily available to the next generation of musicians and fans who would benefit from this extraordinary artist Prince, and how he worked and created. Enjoy!”
Co-lead singer for The Family/Prince’s fiancée

“I have often wondered if the legacy of Prince would remain in good hands. After reading Duane Tudahl’s works I am sure it is.
member of the New Power Generation/Prince’s bass player and guitarist

“The detailed documentation of Prince’s works is impeccable and the research so complete. It
provides us a song by song look at modern day genius.”
member of The Time and The Family

“An excellent and thorough account of the creative process. A must read for anyone interested in
understanding the complexities and vicissitudes of Prince’s musical journey. Thank you Duane for this compelling, exacting, and visionary work.”
writer and director of Purple Rain

About The Author
Duane Tudahl is an award winning author who has worked in entertainment for over thirty years and has produced and/or directed documentary programming for the History Channel, CBS, GTV, Fox, Discovery, Pax, the Gospel Music Channel, the Food Channel, Tru-TV, and HGTV, among others. He has also been an editor on multiple Emmy-nominated programs, including Intervention, and Unsolved Mysteries. He is a former stand-up comic and has been writing about Prince and the Minneapolis music scene for over 25 years. Prince and the Parade/Sign O’ The Times Era Studio Sessions: 1985-1986 is the second book in his series that chronicles Prince’s legacy in the recording studio.
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