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Prince’s Last Year Looked At In Documentary

 

The last year of Prince’s life is the subject of a new documentary from Lincoln Square Productions. Prince’s Last Year is a look at the most important events during the last 12 months of his life including his secret show at the White House and the Piano & A Microphone tour. Channel 4 in Great Britain gave the job to the production company for the film that has interviews with CeeLo Green, Al Sharpton, Van Jones, George Clinton and singer Eryn Allen Kane.  Prince’s activism, politics and his secret addiction to painkillers are all addressed in the piece. So far the one-hour film does not have an international distributor limiting its ability to be seen outside the U.K.

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Prince: Sign O’ The Times Showtime Teaser

Prince’s Sign O’ The Times was in theaters when it was first released and then had a brief distribution on the VHS format. The film was an artistic triumph that was well-received but it never got a proper release on DVD.  Showtime’s presentation of Sign O’ The Times on September 16th at 9PM ET will be the first time the public has had access to it in years. The teaser is a quick peek at Prince charging the stage to perform the music from his second double album that was actually supposed to be a triple album.

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Prince’s Sign O’ The Times Concert Film To Air On Showtime

Prince’s 1987 concert film Sign O’ The Times will air on Showtime September 16th. The movie was the companion piece to his double album of the same name and is one of the most vividly filmed concerts. Sign O’ The Times was critically acclaimed when it was originally released in movie theaters. The concert was filmed at Paisley Park and footage was also used from his tours in Belgium and the Netherlands. It will be the first time in more than a decade that it will be seen on television. Fans are still waiting for the film to be reissued because it went out of print in 1991 and never had an official DVD release.

 

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R.I.P. John Blackwell Jr.

John Blackwell Jr. who was a drummer for Prince died in Florida today at the age of 43 after suffering from cancer. His wife announced his passing on his Instagram account. Blackwell was a Columbia, South Carolina native and learned to drum from his father John Blackwell Sr. who played with The Spinners, Mary Wells, The Drifters and many others. He started his professional career as a teenager on his first job playing for Billy Eckstine. In the 90s’ he secured jobs with Patti Labelle and Cameo. He joined Prince’s New Power Generation in 2000 and stayed for 15 years. During this time period, he released a solo album and toured with D’Angelo, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. He was diagnosed with brain tumors in 2016 and more than $80,000 was raised through a GoFundMe account for his medical bills. Blackwell was working on a book about his life as a performer.

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Listen To Prince’s Father’s Song From The Purple Rain Deluxe Edition

Prince’s deluxe edition of the Purple Rain album is coming out June 23rd and “Father’s Song” is one of the extra 11 songs on the tracklisting. The two-disc version will include the unreleased material and the three-disc version of the album will also have the Prince and the Revolution Live! concert.

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