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    Prince CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL (1976)


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    Prince CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL (1976)

    Post by maxim9691 on Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:12 am

    (What follows is a transcript of Prince's very first interview. It appeared in his high school newspaper on February 16, 1976. It is accompanied by a picture of a young afro-clad Prince sitting at a piano.)

    Nelson Finds It "Hard To Become Known"

    "I play with Grand Central Corporation. I've been playing with them for two years," Prince Nelson, senior at Central, said. Prince started playing piano at age seven and guitar when he got out of eighth grade.

    Prince was born in Minneapolis. When asked, he said, "I was born here, unfortunately." Why? "I think it is very hard for a band to make it in this state, even if they're good. Mainly because there aren't any big record companies or studios in this state. I really feel that if we would have lived in Los Angeles or New York or some other big city, we would have gotten over by now."

    He likes Central a great deal, because his music teachers let him work on his own. He now is working with Mr. Bickham, a music teacher at Central, but has been working with Mrs. Doepkes.

    He plays several instruments, such as guitar, bass, all keyboards, and drums. He also sings sometimes, which he picked up recently. He played saxophone in seventh grade but gave it up. He regrets he did. He quit playing sax when school ended one summer. He never had time to practice sax anymore when he went back to school. He does not play in the school band. Why? "I really don't have time to make the concerts."

    Prince has a brother that goes to Central whose name is Duane Nelson, who is more athletically enthusiastic. He plays on the basketball team and played on the football team. Duane is also a senior.

    Prince plays by ear. "I've had about two lessons, but they didn't help much. I think you'll always be able to do what your ear tells you, so just think how great you'd be with lessons also," he said.

    "I advise anyone who wants to learn guitar to get a teacher unless they are very musically inclined. One should learn all their scales too. That is very important," he continued.

    Prince would also like to say that his band is in the process of recording an album containing songs they have composed. It should be released during the early part of the summer.

    "Eventually I would like to go to college and start lessons again when I'm much older."


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    Re: Prince CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL (1976)

    Post by CKJ505 on Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:09 pm

    I wonder what happened to Duane? Surely he has the funk genes.

    Makes me wonder what Prince would have done if his music career never got going.....? What would have he got "into"?
    Busking in parks like the famous Come On video!!!

    Nice insight from '76 MaXim.

    Note to myself: maybe I should take up lessons....

    In the future I want to write a song with a E All Stars called " Let's go Lazy?! I know, I know, horrible grammar problems there, a bit of a parody type track. Very Happy


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    Re: Prince CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL (1976)

    Post by Ymaginatif on Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:25 am

    Nice to read this - from a time when Prince sounded so normal still Laughing

    I didn't know he had started saxophone lessons but then had dropped them during a summer holiday. What could have been ...
    In any case, he must know the basics of saxophone-ing, so maybe we'd surprised to hear what he could get out of the instrument?

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