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General Prince/O(+> Frequently-Asked Questions
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1. Statistical information
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    Q. What is his real name and date of birth?

    A. Prince Rogers Nelson was born June 7, 1958.

       For more info, see:
       http://www.prince.org/events/showevent.html?m=6&d=7&y=1993&t=N


    Q. What's with his name change?

    A. On June 7, 1993 (his 35th birthday), Prince announced that he would
       change his name to an unpronounceable symbol. The glyph incorporates
       the male and female signs along with the alchemy symbol for soapstone. 

       The usual ASCII representation of the symbol is: 

       O(+> 

       That's a capital "o," open parenthesis, plus sign, and greater-than 
       sign. 

       However, on May 16, 2000 Prince announced that he would resume using 
       his former name, because his final contract with Time Warner (i.e., 
       his publishing contract with Warner-Chappel) had expired. It seems 
       that he will continue to use the symbol as a logo.


    Q. How tall is he?

    A. It is believed that he is 5 feet 2 inches (157 cm) tall. Whether that
       is in his heels or not is unknown. ;-)


    Q. Is Prince married?

    A. On February 14, 1996 Prince Rogers Nelson married Mayte Garcia. It was
       a small ceremony in Minneapolis, attended by family and friends. 

       O(+> subsequently announced in December 1998 that he intended to
       annul his present marriage and become reunited with Mayte on February 
       14, 1999 in a manner more compatible with their current beliefs. As of
       June 2000, it is believed that their marriage has been legally 
       annulled, and that the two are no longer a couple.
  
       For more info, see:
       http://prince.org/events/showevent.html?m=2&d=14&y=1996&t=N 


    Q. Is he gay or bisexual?

    A. Whenever this question comes up, a common answer is "Who cares?" Most 
       Prince fans are entranced by the music, not the sexual orientation. 

       If one gives the matter some serious thought, though, the vast majority
       of his work is unmistakably about heterosexual relationships (except
       where he plays with double meaning), and there have been no sightings 
       of him with another man. His women, on the other hand, are known to be 
       world-class beauties. 

       The man obviously doesn't mind if people think he's bisexual, and it's
       possible he is or was, but he's very much in the closet about it if so.
       Even if he's perfectly straight, his lyrics indicate that he would 
       welcome any sexual orientation into the utopian "Uptown." Most fans 
       tend to believe he's simply androgynous: displaying characteristics of
       both genders.
       [credit: Jon Brode]


2. General Info
---------------

    Q. I want to write to Prince. What's his address?

    A. Contact Prince via Paisley Park. The info: 

       Paisley Park Studios 
       7801 Audubon Road 
       Chanhassen, MN 55317-8201 


    Q. What about email?

    A. He almost certainly has an email address; however, he apparently 
       prefers to keep it private.


    Q. Does O(+> have an official Website?

    A. Yes. In fact, he currently has several Websites. NPG Online Ltd. 
       (http://www.npgonlineltd.com) is his "main" site, with news, 
       downloadable media files, and other features. Love 4 One Another 
       (http://www.love4oneanother.com) is the official Website for his 
       non-profit charitable foundation. 1-800-New-Funk 
       (http://www.1800newfunk.com) offers merchandise for sale. And 
       finally, Paisley Park Studios has a new Website 
       (http://www.paisleyparkstudios.com).


    Q. Is there a Prince fan club?

    A. There is currently no "official" fan club. However, it is believed 
       that Paisley Park does keep a mailing list in-house. We are sure that
       a donation to his "Love 4 One Another" non-profit charitable 
       foundation will get you placed on their list. 

       In the past Paisley Park officially recognized the UK-based 
       "Controversy" fan club and fanzine, founded in 1986. Members received
       benefits such as bimonthly magazine issues, priority concert seating
       and the opportunity to attend fan conventions in Minneapolis (1991 and
       1992). Additionally, a system of area "organizers" allowed fans to
       contact a nearby representative for information and assistance in 
       hooking up with other enthusiasts.
       [credit: Tim Andrassy, Dennis Roszkowski]


    Q. Was O(+> in the movie Fargo?

    A. Short answer: no.

       A modified version of the symbol does appear in the credits, though. 
       Here is an excerpt from an interview with the Coen brothers in
       Premiere magazine, explaining it: 

       Premiere: A question for all the Coenheads on the Internet: What is 
       that Prince-like symbol, the smiley face on its side, in the end 
       credits? 

       Ethan Coen: That was our storyboard artist, who played the guy who 
       drives by in the car with the red parka. He asked us if he could have
       that credit. We also use a lot of names of people we grew up with, 
       scattered throughout the movie, being paged on telephones. But that's
       mostly because we couldn't think of names that would be appropriate. 


    Q. Why can't I operate the safe in the Interactive CD-Rom?

    A. For whatever reason, the safe doesn't work unless you set your display
       resolution to 640 x 480.  


    Q. Why is track four on Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic silent? 

    A. The track is a moment of silence in honor of the late jazz trumpeter 
       Miles Davis. Prince worked with Miles on multiple occasions before his
       death.


    Q. What is the hidden message in the "Alphabet St" video? 

    A. After the first verse ("...from my head to my feet"), and before the 
       first chorus, the following message, printed vertically in small 
       purple letters, appears on the screen for a split second: 

       "Don't buy the Black Album. I'm sorry."


    Q. So what's the deal with the Black Album? 

    A. In late 1987, Prince planned to release an album popularly known as 
       the Black Album. The actual album had an all-black cover with only a 
       catalog number, and no artist information or title. The Black Album 
       contains eight tracks, most of which are "funk" songs. 

       The album was canceled mere days before its scheduled release, after
       hundreds of thousands of copies were pressed. A few escaped 
       destruction, and rank among the most coveted Prince collectables. In
       addition, the Black Album became the most bootlegged record of all 
       time. 

       At the time, a rumor circulated that Warner Bros. canceled the album
       due to concerns about explicit lyrics. Prince, on the other hand, has
       said that he canceled the project after having a religious experience
       involving a vision. What really happened? Per Nilsen, respected 
       author of several books on Prince, claims that Prince decided to 
       scrap the album after an experiment with the drug MDMA (aka ecstasy) 
       that resulted in a bad trip. Former Prince associates have confirmed
       the ecstasy story. 

       The Black Album was replaced with Lovesexy, an album that contained 
       one track ("When 2 R in Love") from the Black Album. In 1994, Warner
       Bros. officially released the Black Album as a limited edition.


3. About Minneapolis
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    Q. I'm going to Minneapolis; what should I do or see?

    A. One thing to do before you go is to check out the "Minneapolis Music"
       Website. It gives details on concerts & gigs of both national and 
       local, related and unrelated artists performing in the Twin Cities 
       area. It also may contain some info about special parties or events in
       the Prince section. The URL is found below. 

       If you've got spare time, and appreciate the "arts," you should also 
       check out the Walker Museum downtown. It's always got good shows on; 
       if it's not too cold outside, there is also a sculpture garden and 
       conservatory right across the street, too. And if you want to check 
       out the "unusual," there is a "mini-museum" on the other side of town
       called "The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices." This place has an
       incredibly collection of quackery and medical sham paraphernalia, and
       most of it you can play with! Very cool, I highly recommend it if 
       you're into the bizarre; it's located in a shopping center called 
       Historic St. Anthony, and their phone is (612) 379-4046.
       
       Oh, if you're in the mood for shopping, there's always the Mall of 
       America, the USA's largest mall (I think...it's pretty damn big). And 
       if you enjoy gambling, Mystic Lake casino (http://www.mysticlake.com) 
       is a short drive from the city. The minimum gaming age there is 18, 
       and no alcohol is served (although you can have all the free soda you 
       care to drink).
       [credit: prince.org staff and Jonathan Carter]

       For more info, see: http://xenon.stanford.edu/~jlc1/mpls-music/


    Q. Does Prince still have a store and nightclub in Minneapolis?

    A. The NPG store in Minneapolis (and the London store) have closed; today
       the Artist sells merchandise via the 1-800-New-Funk telephone line and
       the www.1800newfunk.com Website. 

       The Glam Slam has been renamed the Quest Club 
       (http://www.thequestclub.com), and no longer has any affiliation with 
       Prince. The Glam Slam locations in other cities have closed. However,
       if you want to visit First Avenue (of Purple Rain fame), that 
       establishment is alive and well. Most shows there require patrons to 
       be 21 with ID.

       For more info, see: http://www.first-avenue.com


    Q. Is there any way to find out when he is having a private party?

    A. NPG Online Ltd. has announced that there will be a party at Paisley 
       Park every friday night during the summer of 2000, unless announced
       otherwise. Doors usually open around 1 am (early Saturday morning), and
       the cover charge ranges from nothing to $7. It is recommended that you
       arrive early, as capacity is limited. These parties are open to people 
       of all ages (although infants may not care for loud music). 

       Jonathan Carter runs a email list that notifies the recipients of 
       upcoming happenings at Paisley Park. The emails are usually on pretty 
       short notice, so it may not benefit you to be on the list if you aren't
       within 5 hours of Paisley Park, and able to drop everything on a 
       whim... and his list is by no means official. 

       Also, the prince.org news service (http://www.prince.org/news) will 
       pass along anything they hear regarding upcoming Paisley parties.

       For more info, see: http://xenon.stanford.edu/~jlc1/mpls-music/


    Q. How to I get to Paisley Park by car? 

    A. The first step is to navigate yourself to Interstate 494, the beltway 
       around the Twin Cities. In the southwest portion of the loop, you'll 
       find exit 11C, which will put you on State Road 5 westbound. Follow SR 
       5 for seven miles; you'll see a large green sign marking the 
       intersection of Audubon Road and SR 5. Paisley Park will be on your 
       left; access is off Audubon.

       Note that the portion of route 5 near I-494 has been under construction
       for a few years, and will likely remain so for the near future. Please 
       use caution while driving in this area.


    Q. Can I take a tour of Paisley Park Studios? 

    A. Paisley Park usually does not offer tours. However, in the summer of 
       2000 fans were able to tour the facility as part of "Prince: A 
       Celebration." A $15 day pass allowed you to take a short tour that 
       focused on the studios, whereas those with $70 VIP passes were able to 
       see almost the entire complex.

       Normally, unless Prince is throwing a party you'll have to settle for 
       a drive-by view. Attempts to enter the property will probably result in
       your being chased away.


    Q. Can my band rent one of the studios at Paisley Park? 

    A. Paisley Park ceased renting the studios in 1996, when the complex was 
       renovated. The studios are slated to reopen for outside bookings in
       August 2000.

       An archived version of Paisley Park Studios' pre-1996 Website, with 
       detailed information on the facilities, is available at: 

       http://www.bitstream.net/gods/tgg/paisleypark/ 
  
       For more info, see: http://www.paisleyparkstudios.com


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