Questlove Celebrates ‘Purple Rain’ Soundtrack With Special Podcast Roundtable
We all know that Questlove is a Prince aficionado, but for his latest podcast episode of Questlove Supreme on Pandora, the famed musician took a backseat and allowed Prince historians to their stories of the late music icon.
The episode, titled “Purple Roundtable,” was convened to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the Purple Rain soundtrack. Arguably, one of Prince’s landmark albums, the collection featured the chart-topping hits “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and the title track, "Purple Rain."
Recorded at the historic Sunset Sound studios, where Prince spent most of his time recording the classic soundtrack, Questo's podcast features Duane Tudahl, author of the book Prince & The Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions 1983-1984, photographer Mathieu Bitton who has a "monster purple memorabilia collection" and Prince’s former assistant Ruth Arzate.
“I just feel like [yes people loved Prince] but if he had more people who loved him –– he would be here right now,” said Arzate who assisted Prince during his time when he was only known as "the artist" (or glyph symbol). “Prince was never inappropriate towards women; I just want to put that out there, even though his music was a lot about sex.”
The panel also discusses Prince's creative process for his memorable halftime performance at Super Bowl XLI in Miami, his manic energy, his everlasting legacy and their hopes that his estate will release his unfinished albums.
Speaking of which, the Prince Estate will release Piano & a Microphone 1983, a collection featuring Prince performing a few of classic tunes with just only a mic and a piano. The album will hit digital stores on Sept. 21.
In the meantime, you can listen to Questlove's special "Purple Roundtable" on Pandora right now.
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