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Prince: Mapping a Musical Icon 36

If you're a pop culture lover, art aficionado or just somebody who loves music, put on your raspberry beret, hop into your little red corvette and join us on a journey into musicology. Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7th, 1958, in Minneapolis, Prince is unquestionably one of the greatest musicians the world has ever known and, whether it's a snapshot of one his iconic performances, a masterful graffiti mural or a touching tribue, add your images as we create the ultimate map of the life and legacy of the artist who led his own purple-coloured revolution which redefined pop music forever. Prince's rise to stardom began in the funk scene of his home town in 1975. By 1980, his once in a generation talent as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist had gained him a worldwide fan base and in 1984, with his band 'The Revolution', he released 'Purple Rain', widely considered to be his magnum opus and one of the greatest albums of all time. Prince's unique fusion of funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop set the tone for a career which spanned five decades, transcended musical barriers, won seventeen major awards and sold a staggering 100 million records worldwide. On April 21st, 2016, tragedy struck and Prince was found dead from an overdose at his Paisley Park home. The news spread, doves cried and the world began to mourn the loss of one of the biggest megastars of all time as hundreds of famous buildings around the world took on a purple hue in a soul-clenching tribute to bona fide legend. Despite complications from illness later in life and his tragic passing, Prince's status as a universal icon had long been cemented decades earlier and so come with us and join the party as we chart the life, times, evolution and legacy of one of the most beloved and popular artists the world has ever known.

Prince Live in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jan 1 1983

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Prince performs at the First Avenue Nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1983. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/GettyImages)

Prince Performs In Minnesota

Aug 3 1983

MINNEAPOLIS - AUGUST 3: Prince performs a benefit concert for the Minnesota Dance Theatre at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 3, 1983. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Prince Performs In Minnesota

Aug 3 1983

MINNEAPOLIS - AUGUST 3: Prince performs a benefit concert for the Minnesota Dance Theatre at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 3, 1983. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Prince Performs In Minnesota

Aug 3 1983

MINNEAPOLIS - AUGUST 3: Prince performs a benefit concert for the Minnesota Dance Theatre at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 3, 1983. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Prince Performs In Minnesota

Aug 3 1983

MINNEAPOLIS - AUGUST 3: Prince performs a benefit concert for the Minnesota Dance Theatre at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 3, 1983. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Prince Performs In Minnesota

Aug 3 1983

MINNEAPOLIS - AUGUST 3: Prince performs a benefit concert for the Minnesota Dance Theatre at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 3, 1983. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Prince Performs In Minnesota

Aug 3 1983

MINNEAPOLIS - AUGUST 3: Prince performs a benefit concert for the Minnesota Dance Theatre at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 3, 1983. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Prince Performs In Minnesota

Mar 3 1986

MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 3: Prince performs during the Parade Tour at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 3, 1986. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Prince Performs In Minnesota

Mar 3 1986

MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 3: Prince performs during the Parade Tour at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 3, 1986. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Prince Performs In Minnesota

Mar 3 1986

MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 3: Prince performs during the Parade Tour at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 3, 1986. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Prince Performs In Minnesota

Jan 1 1987

MINNEAPOLIS - 1987: Prince performs at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1987. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Paul Natkin Archive

Jan 1 1990

Prince celebrating his birthday and the nrelease of Purple Rain at 1st Avenue on 6/7/84 in Minneapolis, Mn. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Paul Natkin Archive

Jan 1 1990

Prince celebrating his birthday and the nrelease of Purple Rain at 1st Avenue on 6/7/84 in Minneapolis, Mn. in Various Locations, (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Paul Natkin Archive

Jan 1 1990

Prince celebrating his birthday and the nrelease of Purple Rain at 1st Avenue on 6/7/84 in Minneapolis, Mn. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Paul Natkin Archive

Jan 1 1990

Prince celebrating his birthday and the nrelease of Purple Rain at 1st Avenue on 6/7/84 in Minneapolis, Mn. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Paul Natkin Archive

Jan 1 1990

Prince celebrating his birthday and the nrelease of Purple Rain at 1st Avenue on 6/7/84 in Minneapolis, Mn. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Prince Live in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jan 1 1990

Prince celebrating his birthday and the nrelease of Purple Rain at 1st Avenue on 6/7/84 in Minneapolis, Mn. in Various Locations, (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Prince Live in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jan 1 1990

Prince celebrating his birthday and the nrelease of Purple Rain at 1st Avenue on 6/7/84 in Minneapolis, Mn. in Various Locations, (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Paul Natkin Archive

Jan 1 1990

Prince celebrating his birthday and the nrelease of Purple Rain at 1st Avenue on 6/7/84 in Minneapolis, Mn. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Rock in Rio '91, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jan 18 1991

Prince performs onstage during Rock in Rio 2 on January 18, 1991 in Rio De Janero, Brazil.

Rock in Rio '91, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jan 18 1991

Prince performs onstage during Rock in Rio 2 on January 18, 1991 in Rio De Janero, Brazil.

New York City

Feb 27 1997

Prince poses during his 'Emancipation' album release party at Life on February 27, 1997 in New York City.

Prince live @ Palalottomatica - Roma - 2 novembre 2010

Jan 1 2006

i only went cause my dad needed someone to go with him. i ended up loving every single moment. setlist Let's go crazy Delirious 1999 Sssh Controversy Le Freak (Chic cover) Angel (Sarah McLachlan cover) Nothing Compares To You Uptown Raspberry Beret Cream Cool Let's Work U Got the Look Purple Rain Encore: If I Was Your Girlfriend Kiss Encore 2: Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? Take Me With You Guitar Encore 3: Little Red Corvette Encore 4: Dance (Disco Heat) (Sylvester cover) Baby, I'm A Star Encore 5: very last encore, with lights up

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami

Feb 3 2007

US musician Prince performs during half-time 04 February 2007 at Super Bowl XLI at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts.

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami

Feb 4 2007

US musician Prince performs during half-time 04 February 2007 at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts.

The day after the Prince Concert there was still Purple Rain on the ground

Aug 13 2011

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SF City Hall Purple for Prince

Apr 21 2016

Minneapolis Area Mourns Death Of Native Son Prince

Apr 21 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 21: People listen to Prince music during a memorial street party outside the First Avenue nightclub on April 21, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prince, 57, was pronounced dead shortly after being found unresponsive today at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota near Minneapolis. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Minneapolis Area Mourns Death Of Native Son Prince

Apr 21 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 21: Guests dance to Prince music as a slide show flashes images of the artist above the stage during a memorial dance party at the First Avenue nightclub on April 21, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prince, 57, was pronounced dead shortly after being found unresponsive at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota near Minneapolis. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Minneapolis Area Mourns Death Of Native Son Prince

Apr 21 2016

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 21: People visit a Prince memorial outside the First Avenue nightclub on April 21, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prince, 57, was pronounced dead shortly after being found unresponsive today at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota near Minneapolis. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

SF City Hall Purple for Prince

Apr 21 2016

35W Bridge Minneapolis Illuminated in Purple Lights Tribute to Prince

Apr 25 2016

Minneapolis, Minnesota USA - April 23, 2016: I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis Illuminated with Purple Lights a Tribute to Musician Prince

Prince (1958-2016)

May 2 2016

Awesome work by Rock Martinez on our building on the corner of 26th & Hennepin. It's been fun having an office that's an ever-changing wall of local art. But, the <i>Prince</i> (2016) mural is my personal favorite. We have had a number of people stop by to leave flowers and take photos. It's also been featured by numerous local and national media outlets. Expect to see Rock complete the back wall during the summer. <i><b>10th Floor Property Management. Minneapolis, Minnesota.</b></i>

Prince's Secret Holiday Home, Turks & Caicos

May 10 2016

Worth an estimated $12 million when it was sold after the legendary musician's tragic passing in 2016, the villa also features a decidedly Prince-esque driveway, painted in his signature purple.

Prince's Secret Holiday Home, Turks & Caicos

May 10 2016

Prince purchased his own slice of tropical paradise in 2010. Located on a peninsula at the northwestern end the Turks and Caicos island of Providenciales, the sprawling property straddles two coral atolls.

Prince's Secret Holiday Home, Turks & Caicos

May 10 2016

While not touring or producing music, Prince would often retreat to his own Caribbean paradise hideaway in Turks and Caicos. Boasting ten bedrooms and ten bathrooms, a tennis court and its own private tropical gardens as well as dozens of other amenities, the luxury villa also has two of its own private beaches.

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