The Beautiful Ones by Prince

The Beautiful Ones

From Prince himself comes the brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time‚ÄĒfeaturing never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death. Prince was a musical genius, one of the most talented, beloved, accomplished, popular, and acclaimed musicians in history. He was also a startlingly original visionary with an imagin...

Details The Beautiful Ones

TitleThe Beautiful Ones
Release DateOct 29th, 2019
PublisherSpiegel & Grau/Random House, Inc.
GenreMusic, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography Memoir, Audiobook

Reviews The Beautiful Ones

  • Casey Rain
    Prince's unfinished memoir is captured here, in The Beautiful Ones, out now on Penguin Random House. Its a stunning package, but a difficult proposition. Its not his memoir. Its partly that. Its not a photo book, but its partly that. And its not a no-hold-barred insight into the man himself, although again its partly that. What we have here is a package created with struggles, but with love. What he wrote of his memoir, combined with unseen phot...
  • Joan
    It's hard to know what to say. I was left feeling very sad and empty after quickly devouring this book. The opening chapter by Dan Piepenbring about how this book began to come together through his collaborations with Prince in early 2016 is fascinating and gripping. The suspense builds aptly for Part 2, the unreleased chapters written by Prince himself. When I read first few lines of those chapters, I burst into tears so quickly. I don't want to...
  • Jay Gabler
    It's impossible to know what Prince would have made of the book just published under his byline, and it's probably best not to speculate...but you have to imagine he'd be happy to feel the weight of it. Both literally and figuratively, it's a heavy book, its 280 pages printed on substantial stock and bound between purple covers with a gold dust jacket.The Beautiful Ones is one of the signal publishing events of 2019, and it's also one of the most...
  • Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
    Those considered different R the ones most interesting 2 us. 5 stars. Such a bittersweet read. Ive been anticipating this book since its announcement years ago when Prince was still alive. Reading it now, with him no longer here and this being unfinished made it so somber. I cant even imagine what all he wouldve done with this book but for what we got it was still a really beautiful (no pun intended) read. I loved that there were a lot of notes a...
  • Jeanette (Again)
    2.5 starsThis is a mish-mash of material that could have been an excellent book if Prince had lived to complete it. The first 57 percent of the book is an introduction by Dan Piepenbring, the writer Prince chose to collaborate with him on the autobiography. Dan tells of his very brief association with Prince lasting only a few months. He explains how he got the job, the time he spent getting to know Prince as they began work on the book, and what...
  • LeeTravelGoddess
    Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo, this book has THEEEE longest introduction EVER, in the whole world... how selfish Dan, this story isnt about you! I got the audiobook cause I thought it was going down but NOPE. Esperanza Spalding read the book and while I THOROUGHLY enjoy her music, she cant read a damn thing to me. Sorry E ūüė¨. This book is pieced together as if held together by gorilla glue, WHEW LORD! Three people read the 3 hour audiobook. THREE...
  • Ka‚ÄôleneReads
    So unfortunate for us Prince did not get to C this thru....Memories R Good
  • Nandi Crawford
    I loved Prince from the get go, but facts being facts, it's an interesting yet unfinished work.I'm not discounting the book, but it speaks of his life from birth to him writing the first draft of Purple Rain. Mostly pictures, some writing and his draft which was so good, it make you wish he either started sooner or live long enough to finish. Still, many thanks to those who brought it to this. Thank you.
  • La Vida Rose
    I NEED MORE! This book contains 26-pages that Prince wrote intended for his memoir. It's just not enough. The rest of the book features handwritten song lyrics from some of his early songs in the 70s and 80s and quotes from magazine interviews he did and lots of photos; many of them never-before-seen from the 70s and early 80s. How badly I wish he was able to finish this as it started off so beautifully. It was a tribute to his parents. I absolut...
  • Book Reviews By Tara
    This book is not a memoir written by Prince! This is a biography written by Dan Piepenbring. I am highly disappointed with this book. The information within these pages were not approved by, nor provided by Prince for the purpose of producing this book. A memoir is a book written by an individual who has chosen to share the details of his or her life. Prince did not write these details to be published in this way. The pictures and paraphernalia i...
  • David Gibbons
    You can't knock stars off it for being incomplete. What I, for one, would give for it to possibly have been completed. It means he would still be here for us.
  • Melissa
    Obviously, I was going to give this book five stars from the second Prince announced it. But these five stars are deserved. Princes autobiographical section is quite slight. But in so few pages, he brings his charm, wit and astuteness. His words provide insight about his formative years. And Dan Piepenbring's introduction is a delight. We will never know what could have been. But I am thankful for the small amount that was shared. Obviously, I ...
  • britt_brooke
    This is less a memoir by Prince, more an article written by Dan Piepenbring. The audio is only 3 hours long, so I checked out a physical copy from the library afterward. Its loaded with photos and notes and such. If this had been completed prior to Princes untimely death, it couldve been brilliant. This is just a bunch of stuff thrown together. Not enough material nor substance. This is less a memoir by Prince, more an article written by Dan Pi...
  • Cassandra Gillig
    uhh this is mostly the story of one young white man's tragic big-break-that-could-have-been then about 30 handwritten pages that prince almost certainly would have wanted to edit. what's good is one of prince's scrapbooks from when he was 19 & of course loads of other pictures of prince who would honestly look hot in a burlap sack rapidly rolling down the side of a mountain. it's a big marketing scam but a great way to hide that is of course to s...
  • Michael
    This is not a memoir. It should have been a feature story in Rolling Stone or any number of literary journals. The sketches that are actually written by Prince are fleeting, still mostly unformed, but engaging and worth reading because of the singularity of the talent. Dan Piepenbring's introduction (half the book, really) is illuminating, but again, probably only worthy of a podcast, article or interview and not a book sold as "by Prince." Princ...
  • Ashley
    First off, Prince is one of my all-time favorite artists! But I'm a little disappointed by this book. Because Prince died in the early stages of writing the book we only get to read roughly 28 pages that he actually wrote. The majority of the book is made up of personal photos and handwritten song lyrics that were found in Prince's home after he died. Throughout the book, there are a series of excerpts from magazine and newspaper articles with qu...
  • chantel nouseforaname
    #1) this book is physically GORGEOUS. GORGEOUS. Like absolutely stunning and beautiful. Much like the man, the legend, Prince. #2) Dan Piepenbring - the introductory essay was fantastic. It was so extremely well written without being exploitative. I felt like I really got a look into the man without it being biased out of anything but love. You could feel his love for Prince. His artistry. His work. You could feel how personal Prince can be for p...
  • Jak Krumholtz
    "Rhythm came from Africa. We need to stop frontin' about that. Rhythm and heartbeats."Despite a few close calls I never got to see Prince. My last chance I skipped because it was five hours away and my daughter was less than a week old. It was more tempting when it was rescheduled a week later but I still didn't go, relatively unperturbed because he'd begun doing more frequent tours. It ended up being his last show when he passed a week later.A b...
  • Never Without a Book
    This book is beautiful!
  • Homa
    A beautiful book.
  • R.
    Glorified coffeetable book for die hard fans masochistically driven to destroy the mystique. The much too long intro written by the co-author is, in my opinion, literate but tone deaf fanzine blogslop: visiting Prince for dinner at Paisley Park takes on the sinister shades of Jonathan Harker trapped and mesmerized at Dracula's castle.
  • Lisa Bowen
    I thought this book was going to be different. I really dont know what kind of man prince was. The book gave a little information about his young life. In the book their are a lot of pictures of him. It was a quick read. I do like his music . I was in college when purple rain came out. I thought this book was going to be different. I really don’t know what kind of man prince was. The book gave a little information about his young life. In the...
  • Cynthia Lewis
    This book by definition couldn't be 5 stars, because it was necessarily, heartbreakingly incomplete. But Dan Piepenbring could have done more justice to the material he did have. Piepenbring's propensity to toss in a 50 cent word where a simpler word would do is distracting. For example, he uses the word "plangent" to describe the quiet and reflective song "Sometimes it Snows in April". I have a relatively large vocabulary, and I was a musician i...
  • Sue K H
    I'm rating this as a coffee table book, not a biography or autobiography.  The book is very thin and disjointed on the biographical details.  I'm sure it would have been much different if Prince had lived.  The first 47 pages were about the author's process of getting the job from Prince and his initial meetings with him. They were boring and wouldn't have been there had the author had more material on Prince to include.  I can't imagine Prin...
  • Matt Fitz
    Prince was a unique figure in both music and pop culture. One of a kind. Inimitable and multi-talented. Reverent. Irreverent. Calm. Frenetic. Above all, he was enigmatic. Truly traveling the road less traveled. Marching to the sound of his own drum beat (and bass line, and guitar riff, and tambourine slap).This book is Prince. Sadly, we won't get that much sought after peek into his brain of how he conjured musical angels and slayed personal demo...
  • Michael L.
    This is a bittersweet read, specifically from the chapter of Prince's own words. This is the part I enjoyed the most, and I was sorry when there wasn't more. His death still seems surreal to me. Three and a half years later, I still don't want it to be real, and some days, I have to remind myself that he is no longer here. I hate that. I have loved his music since I was a child, and still, for the most part, only listen to his music. For me, no o...
  • C.C.
    This is a quick read, but you won't quickly forget how it makes you feel. As a fan, it was amazing to see Prince's handwritten notes, lyrics, and memories. But, also as a fan, it is painful to imagine how amazing this memoir would have been if he had lived long enough to complete it. The vision he had for everything was on a whole other level than us mere mortals and I wished we had been able to see the finished product. Any lover of music, creat...
  • Nate Jackson
    A bittersweet read, of course, but one that I'm glad saw the light of day.Reading his words, his thoughts, his secrets...this was like a diary of one of the most prolific songwriters of all time.I miss him more now.
  • Ana Santos
    WHY DID PRINCE NAME HIS MEMOIR THE BEAUTIFUL ONES?Prince wrote thousands of songs so why did he choose The Beautiful Ones to be the title of his memoir? Was it his favourite song? What and who is the song about? Before you can review a book, you need to know the background.The introduction by Dan Piepenbring offers insight into how Prince wanted his first book to be. He told Dan exactly what he wanted and he delivered. This is not your typical me...
  • Jennifer
    I was in high school at the height of Prince's Purple Rain fame and I was OBSESSED with his music and persona. I have always admired his talent, mystique and boldness in the world of music performance. He broke barriers and gave no excuses (or explanations) for his work. In the 80's I could not get enough PRINCE!It was heartbreaking to hear he passed away form drug-related complications and after reading this memoir he crafted (but didn't complet...