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The Beautiful Ones no es solo el tributo a un icono, tambien es una obra literaria poderosa y original por derecho propio, donde bullen las ideas de Prince, su manera de ver el mundo, su voz y su efigie, su imperecedera ofrenda al mundo.

Esta es la historia de superacion y ascenso al estrellato de un artista irrepetible. Escrita de su puno y letra, y acompanada de fotos ineditas, dietarios y apuntes intimos, incluye tambien el conmovedor testimonio autobiografico que Prince comenzo a elaborar poco antes de su inesperada muerte.

Prince era un genio de la musica, uno de los creadores mas queridos, versatiles y respetados de nuestro tiempo. Fue un visionario tremendamente original, con una imaginacion capaz de recrear universos enteros, desde el paraiso prometido a ritmo de funk de "Uptown" hasta los paisajes miticos de Purple Rain, pasando por la psicodelia de "Paisley Park". Sin embargo, su creacion mas ambiciosa fue convertir a Prince Rogers Nelson, nacido en Minnesota, en Prince, una de las mayores estrellas del pop de cualquier epoca.

The Beautiful Ones nos cuenta como Prince se transformo en Prince: su relato en primera persona nos muestra a un avido joven que decide empaparse primero del mundo que le rodea para luego moldear un personaje, una vision artistica y finalmente una manera de vivir, mucho antes de que sus primeros exitos y la fama lo constrinan y pretendan redefinirle. El libro esta dividido en cuatro partes. La primera es el testimonio autobiografico que Prince escribia antes de su repentina y tragica muerte; son paginas que nos llevan al mundo de su infancia a traves de una prosa lirica y personal. La segunda presenta, a traves de diarios y libretas de recortes, los anos formativos de Prince como musico, previos a la publicacion de su primer disco. La tercera nos muestra, en sinceras imagenes, la evolucion de Prince hasta llegar a la cuspide, a su logro artistico mas grande, que descubriremos en la cuarta parte del libro: el tratamiento original y manuscrito de Purple Rain, sin duda la conclusion del proceso de crearse a si mismo emprendido por el artista, que en esta pieza da a las tres secciones previas forma de viaje heroico .

El editor del libro, Dan Piepenbring, completa el retrato con una introduccion fascinante y conmovedora sobre como fue colaborar con Prince en sus ultimos meses de vida, en un momento en que el artista medito profundamente sobre como podia revelar al mundo mas detalles de si mismo y de su manera de pensar sin perder el misterio y la mistica que tan cuidadosamente habia tejido a su alrededor. Tambien son de Piepenbring las notas que dotan de contexto a las imagenes del libro.

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words-featuring 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 beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of "Uptown" to the mythical landscape of Purple Rain to the psychedelia of "Paisley Park." But his most ambitious creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, one of the greatest pop stars of any era.

The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince-a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince's early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince's evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book's fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain-the final stage in Prince's self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey.

The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring's riveting and moving introduction about his profound collaboration with Prince in his final months-a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he'd so carefully cultivated-and annotations that provide context to the book's images.

This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original and energizing literary work in its own right, full of Prince's ideas and vision, his voice and image-his undying gift to the world.

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