New Prince Book by Author Neal Karlen – Formerly Known As – Release Date October 6

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Former Rolling Stone journalist Neal Karlen and St. Martin Press announce Neal’s new book about Prince titled “Formerly Known As: The 4-Real Life of Prince, on and off the Record”. Currently available for pre-order on Amazon, this will be Neal’s ninth book and is set to be released on October 6th, 2020.

According to Neal’s conversation with Eloy last year, Formerly Known As will be a memoir of his friendship with the musician. Neal did two in-depth interviews with Prince and had an unlikely friendship with the artist that spanned over the period of 30+ years. There was a time when Prince didn’t do interviews, but allowed only this journalist to speak with him. Karlen, who also grew up in Minneapolis, was even allowed to record Prince during their interviews and got a special glimpse into who he was as a person.


Neal is interviewed by Prince’s Friend during Celebration 2019 in the video below.


Neal teaches non-fiction writing at the University of Minnesota’s Graduate School of Journalism and has also been a contributing author to many well-known magazines, including Newsweek, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone.

Following are books authored by Neal Karlen:

  • Take My Life, Please! – Henny Youngman (1991)
  • The Babe in Boyland (1995)
  • Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band (1995)
  • Jen-X: Jenny McCarthy’s Open Book (1997)
  • Slouching Toward Fargo: A Two-Year Saga Of Sinners And St. Paul Saints At The Bottom Of The Bush Leagues With Bill Murray, Darryl Strawberry, Dakota Sadie And Me (1999)
  • Shanda: The Making and Breaking of a Self-loathing Jew (2004) Simon and Schuster.
  • The Story of Yiddish: How a Mish-Mosh of Languages Saved the Jews (2009) HarperCollins.
  • Augie’s Secrets: The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip (2013) Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Neal was the recipient of the CASEY Award in 1999 for his book Slouching Toward Fargo.

Also, check out the Star Tribune article, Letters from Prince: A Minneapolis writer remembers his relationship with a lost star, from April 29, 2016.

CLICK HERE For more information about YouTube’s Prince’s Friend.

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