The High Priest of Pop, His Royal Badness, The Purple One, Skipper, Alexander Nevermind, The Artist Formerly Known As…however you choose to refer to Prince Rogers Nelson, a new gallery in San Francisco’s Lower Haight remembers the Prince of Funk’s early beginnings before becoming a modern-day Mozart.
Prince Pre-Fame is, in a way, a tribute and homecoming of sorts. The showcase features a collection of rare photos taken in 1977 by Robert Whitman, right before the release of his For You debut LP the following year. Written, produced, and recorded in Sausalito, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, 40 years ago, For You was Prince’s first record created entirely on his own terms and with creative freedom. Whitman’s images were to be used as press photos, effectively capturing a 19-year-old prodigy and star in the making.
The gallery will be open for one month, starting on June 7 (which is Prince’s birthday) through July 7. Those with early preview access can view the photos at 6pm, while opening reception will start at 7pm. Whitman will be attendance and take part in a Q&A session, along with Owen Husney, known as the man who discovered Prince.
Prince Pre-Fame Gallery Opening
June 7, 2018