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Gold Experience

Unabridged   5.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/24/2017

Gold Experience

Following Prince in the ’90s

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681685670
Digital Download ISBN:9781681685687


Prince as few have seen him, Gold Experience is a portrait of the artist from a dizzying array of angles, and based on exclusive interviews by one of the few writers who was regularly allowed access to Prince and his inner circle.

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Throughout the 1990s, Prince feuded with his record label, Warner Bros., over his rights as an independent recording artist—and made some of the most brilliant music of his career. During that time, Jim Walsh covered Prince for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and wrote about him passionately, thoughtfully, exhaustively. Here, in real-time, is that coverage: a look back at Prince in the ‘90s. Walsh’s newly unearthed interviews, essays, columns, and reviews make Gold Experience an essential slice of history for fans, scholars, and latecomers to the Minneapolis-born musical genius Prince Rogers Nelson.

Join Walsh at the 1994 NBA All-Star game after party and release bash for the single “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” Accompany him to the after-hours clubs Erotic City, Glam Slam, and, of course, Paisley Park. Meet Prince’s wife and bandmate Mayte (and while you’re at it, take in the wedding and reception and enjoy a two-hour sit-down interview with Prince). This is Prince as few have seen him, reported as only Jim Wash can: a portrait of the artist from a dizzying array of angles, captured in living color for all time.


"The narration by Ron Butler is genial and effectively conveys the author's ardor for his subject." —Library Journal Audio Review

"Jim Walsh was front and center for one of the most prolific and controversial eras in Prince’s career, and Gold Experience offers an intimate, real-time account of this critical chapter in the evolution of a generation's greatest musician."—Alan Light, music journalist and author of Let’s Go Crazy

"A revealing look at Prince and his relentless quest for self-realization and truth during his most fascinating and misunderstood era."—Kevin Cole, chief content officer, host of the Afternoon Show KEXP

"Walsh’s words don’t just sing and dance, they do the splits. It’s easy to envision Prince himself cracking a smile and leaping up to sing along."—Andrea Swensson, author of Got to Be Something Here

"Vividly capturing the hope and heartbreak of this waning musical epoch, Walsh’s Gold Experience paints a poignant portrait of the artist formerly known as Prince." —Star Tribune

Author Bio

Jim Walsh is a Minneapolis-based writer, journalist, columnist, songwriter, and the author of The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting: An Oral History and, with Dennis Pernu, The Replacements: Waxed up Hair and Painted Shoes: The Photographic History. The former music editor at City Pages and pop music columnist at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and current staff columnist at the Southwest Journal and a regular contributor to Minnpost.com and others, Jim has published in Rolling Stone, SPIN, the Village Voice, the L. A. Weekly, the Star Tribune, Melody Maker, Billboard, and the Utne Reader, and has been a recipient of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.