An Official Prince Podcast Celebrates The Story of 1999
The official podcast, hosted by Andrea Swensson, is dedicated to Prince, the singular artist and visionary. Featuring explorations of Prince’s massive discography, interviews with his trusted collaborators, and stories about his groundbreaking, prolific career. Brought to you by The Prince Estate, which passionately presents Prince’s life and work and aims to immerse fans, old and new, in Prince’s story.
Dive into the stories and songs Prince recorded in this pivotal era of his career. https://lnk.to/TheStoryOf1999
The story of 1999 begins with one of the most legendary concert debacles in rock history. When an October 1981 crowd of Rolling Stones fans greeted opener Prince with scorn, it solidified his resolve to forge a new path. Hear the first tracks Prince recorded in that pivotal moment, which are included in the Super Deluxe Edition reissue of 1999, alongside stories from bandmates Dez Dickerson, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink and Bobby Z.; engineer Peggy McCreary; journalist Robert Hilburn; and vault archivist Michael Howe.
As Prince pulled away from the spotlight in the winter of 1981-1982, his creative drive began whirring faster than ever. Hear some of the never-before-released material recorded by Prince during this prolific era, alongside stories about his two early ’80s workspaces: his home studio on Lake Riley in Chanhassen, Minnesota; and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles. Host Andrea Swensson interviews Bobby Z., Lisa Coleman, Duane Tudahl, and Peggy McCreary.
With reams of material created over the winter of 1981-1982, Prince turned his attention toward refining his emerging double album and shaping the look and sound of protégés The Time and Vanity 6. Inspired by a 1980 movie called The Idolmaker, Prince aspired to create not just an album but a musical movement. Host Andrea Swensson interviews Dez Dickerson, Duane Tudahl, Jellybean Johnson, Brenda Bennett, Bobby Z, and Lisa Coleman.
The 1999 Tour was no routine trek: referred to as the “Triple Threat Tour,” the Time and Vanity 6 toured as openers for the band starting to be known as Prince and the Revolution. By the summer of 1983, “Little Red Corvette” had become a top 10 hit and Prince was one of the first black artists to be placed into rotation on MTV. Host Andrea Swensson is joined by Brenda Bennett, Bobby Z, Tom Marzullo, Michael Howe, Matt Fink, Roy Bennett, Lisa Coleman, Jellybean Johnson, Dez Dickerson, Brittany Howard, Fred Armisen, and Nile Rodgers.