Robert Whitman brings rare ‘Prince Pre-Fame’ photos to Lower Haight gallery

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 [...]

Living through mythology: What it means to lose a musical legend

The death of a musical icon affects some individuals more deeply than the passing of any other public figure. Music is a society’s heartbeat, and the loss of one of the culture’s driving drummers momentarily impedes the flow of daily life. It’s akin to slamming on the brakes on the freeway — it’s a jarring, jolting effect that causes the usual traffic to grind to a fractional pace. When a politician faces an untimely death, it’s tragic and has long-term consequences on a global scale — but when a musician dies it has ramifications for an entire universal consciousness. These [...]

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