Celebrating the life, music and legacy of Prince. This coverage is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Today in Music History: Prince and the Revolution debut

Prince and The Revolution

Jackie Wilson made his singles chart debut; the Beatles played for the Queen; Johnny Nash saw his way clearly to the top of the singles chart; Roxette had another hit in America; and Prince debuted his backing band, The Revolution, Today in Music History.

Install the Purple Current Alexa Skill

Purple Current Alexa skill

Make your Amazon Echo super funky. Install the Purple Current Alexa Skill to open the stream and get song info. If you create an account, you can make requests and rate songs too.

Rock and Roll Book Club: Prince's memoir 'The Beautiful Ones'

Prince's book 'The Beautiful Ones' (dust jacket).

Who are 'the beautiful ones' in the title of Prince's unfinished memoir? It could be very literal, the beautiful people. It could be about his parents, or his family more generally. It could encompass creative visionaries, or the African-American community, or everyone Prince was making music for, which is to say the whole human race. The most likely answer might be: yes, all of the above.

Listen: Prince’s sweet acoustic demo of ‘I Feel For You,’ fresh from the Vault

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Happy Friday! While we were all distracted by the upcoming deluxe reissue of 1999, the Prince estate has graced us with a super sweet acoustic demo of “I Feel For You,” fresh from the Vault. The single is out now digitally and on purple vinyl, released to commemorate tomorrow’s 40th anniversary of Prince’s self-titled sophomore album.…