Prince: Before the Rain
An inside look at the early years of Prince, presented through both iconic and never-before-seen images taken by the photographer who was at his side through it all.
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Photographer Allen Beaulieu worked with Prince from the late 1970s into the early ’80s, capturing the musician’s progression from rising star to his ultimate purple superstardom. Always at Prince’s side with camera in hand, Beaulieu helped Prince carry forward his vision with legendary album cover images and promotional photos during the groundbreaking Dirty Mind, Controversy, and 1999 era, while also capturing live performances on tour with Prince. Prince: Before the Rain puts into focus the hallmark imagery—including behind the- scenes, candid, and casual shots— with recollections from Beaulieu on his personal and professional relationship with Prince. Going deeper into the context of these crucial years, supplemental text brings it all together with reminiscences from former bandmates, including Bobby Z., Dez Dickerson, André Cymone, and more. Prince: Before the Rain paints another important picture in the mythology of the celebrated, influential, and endlessly invigorating performer while providing an intimate portrait of the Minnesota artist about to take over the world.
Allen Beaulieu was Prince's photographer and friend beginning in the late 1970s. He photographed three album covers and toured extensively with the artist.
- Photography: Allen Beaulieu
- Publisher: MNHS Press (November 1, 2018)
- Format: Hardcover, 224 pages, 9x10 inches, 250 Color and B&W Photos
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