Controversy (Prince fan club) order form

Controversy (Prince fan club) order form, ca. 1990.

“U Got the Look” record sleeve

“U Got the Look” record sleeve

"U Got the Look": the first release from Prince’s critically acclaimed double album Sign o’ the Times" The song reached number 2 on the US Billboard charts in 1987.

Detail of Purple Rain movie brochure

Detail of Purple Rain movie brochure, 1984–1985.

Boots worn by Prince in the movie Purple Rain

Boots worn by Prince in the movie Purple Rain

Boots worn by Prince in the movie Purple Rain, 1984.

Costume worn by Prince in the movie Purple Rain

Costume worn by Prince in the movie Purple Rain

Costume worn by Prince in the movie Purple Rain, 1984.

Tambourine from the movie Purple Rain

Tambourine from the movie Purple Rain

Tambourine from the movie Purple Rain, 1984.

Lyrics to “I Hope We Work It Out”

Lyrics to “I Hope We Work It Out”

Prince’s hand-written lyrics to “I Hope We Work It Out,” 1977. Manuscript Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Prince performing “Purple Rain” at First Avenue, 1983.

Prince performing “Purple Rain” at First Avenue

Prince performing “Purple Rain” at First Avenue, August 3, 1983. Photograph by Joel Bremer. CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Prince (1958–2016)

Prince was a Minnesota-based singer, songwriter, musician, studio engineer, actor, director, dancer, and music legend. Over his nearly forty-year career, he sold more than100 million albums; he also won seven Grammys and an Oscar. He was the main creator of the “Minneapolis Sound,” a blending of rhythm and blues, funk, rock, pop, punk, and new wave that defined the music of the 1980s.

Said Salah Ahmed

Said Salah Ahmed

Poet, playwright, and teacher Said Salah Ahmed in a still from the documentary film Somalia: A Nation of Poets, which premiered on Twin Cities PBS in January 2017. Used courtesy of Ka Joog and Twin Cities PBS.

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