The Beautiful Ones April 2016 Rollingstone Article

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      By RollingstoneTim Grierson
      April 22, 2016

      ‘Beautiful Ones’: The Moment Prince Became a Movie Star

      ‘Purple Rain’ was his breakthrough, but it’s this song’s five-minute performance that gave him his best onscreen moment

      It’s entirely possible to be a massive Prince fan — to recognize him as the most influential musician since James Brown and the most dexterous since Stevie Wonder — and still admit that he never quite cracked his ambition to be a movie star. His three fictional films — the iconic Purple Rain and the forgotten Under the Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge — never enraptured the way his albums did, partly because there was always something otherworldly and ephemeral about Prince Rogers Nelson that never translated to the screen. Like his fellow Minnesotan Bob Dylan, the musician seemed to float through his films as if he was never quite there, which could make his performances feel occasionally self-conscious or smug.

      So maybe that’s why his finest movie moment jettisons acting all together and delves purely into the art form he mastered. Watch Prince’s performance of “The Beautiful Ones” in Purple Rain, which — in a mere five minutes — embodies everything he did so incredibly: emotion, passion, sensuality, poignancy, combustible sex appeal, can’t-take-your-eyes-off-him star power. It’s not necessarily the moment Prince became a legend, but it’s as good a starting point as any.

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      Note that in the Rollingstone article, Tim Grierson stated that The Beautiful Ones song Prince wrote was about Susannah Melvoin. Prince corrected this false information during a 2015 Ebony interview. The Ebony interviewer is Miles Marshall Lewis. Click here (Housequake Facebook) for where the content was obtained. To view the article from this forum, please click here.


        It’s funny Wendy and Lisa also said “The Beautiful Ones” was about Susannah…it doesn’t matter really…he wrote plenty of songs about her and she knows which ones just like Prince knew what he wrote for whom and who inspired what.

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