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On time : a Princely life in funk

by Day, Morris,

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A memoir by Morris Day of The Time centering around his lifelong relationship and association with Prince.
Brilliant composer, smooth soul singer, killer drummer, and charismatic band leader, Morris Day, has been a force in American music for the past four decades. In On Time , the renowned funkster looks back on a life of turbulence and triumph. He chronicles his creative process with an explosive prose that mirrors his intoxicating music. Morris' story is a fast-paced page-turner replete with unexpected twists and shocking surprises.

A major and fascinating theme is his lifelong friendship and years of musical partnership with Prince, from their early days on the Minneapolis scene to selling out stadiums and duking it out as rivals in Purple Rain . Eventually, Morris went on to release four albums with a new band of his very own, the legendary Time. He battled his addictions and came out victorious. But not before increasing tensions and embittered rivalry between Prince and the Revolution and Morris Day and the Time led the two performers towards separate paths. Through the years, the fierce brotherly love between Morris and Prince kept bringing them back together, over and over again-until pride, ego, and circumstance interfered. Two months before Prince's untimely death, the two finally reconnected and started to make amends. But Morris could've never imagined it would be the last time he'd ever see his friend again.

This is Morris Day's singular story in which the magic of music is the ultimate healer. On Time is also a deep meditation on friendship, Morris' poetic method of reconciling the loss of his close friend and longtime collaborator, and a way to commemorate an incendiary life cut short. But this book is more than just a walk down memory lane-it's a metaphorical means to bring Prince back to life. Throughout the narrative, Morris allows Prince's "voice" to protect his own legacy, to counter Morris's interpretations of events, and to essentially breathe new life into a tale as old as time-of two brothers, two bands, and a musical culture that even today pulsates with fresh energy.

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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this entertaining memoir, musician Day tells of his career and his friendship with his musical mentor, Prince. Interweaving "the voice I'm hearing of Prince" within the narrative (at times to distracting effect), Day writes of growing up in 1960s Illinois, before he and his mother and his siblings moved to Minneapolis to escape his abusive stepfather. There he met a 15-year-old guitarist named Prince and formed a funk band called Grand Central. Prince landed a record deal on his own in 1978, and three years later Day formed the Time. Competitive tensions mounted, as Day recalls wanting Prince "to hear that we weren't just funky but so goddamn funky that he'd have to think twice about how to outfunk us." Day appeared in Prince's film Purple Rain, but they had a falling out that lasted until just before Prince's death ("Since Prince and I both believed in Jesus, you'd think a come-to-Jesus meeting" would have been easy). Day candidly shares his descent into drug abuse and his philandering ("The higher I get, the more adoration I crave") and writes honestly about Prince's desire to control him and his musical career. Fans of Prince--and the Time--will be thrilled with this insider view. (Oct.)"
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Subjects Day, Morris.
Funk musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Rock musicians -- United States -- Biography.
African American rock musicians -- Biography.
Publisher New York, NY :2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors Ritz, David, author.
Language English
Description 206 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780306922213
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