Let's Go Crazy: Spin mag goes big on 25th anniversay of Prince's Purple Rain

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For its July issue, Spin is pulling out all the stops celebrating the silver anniversary of Prince's landmark Purple Rain, and count me as among those who are stoked. Spin will have a comprehensive oral history of the album and film. Prince and Morris Day declined to be interviewed, but that's no surprise.

As a bonus, Spin is offering a free downloadable tribute album, titled Purplish Rain, that features nine bands doing song-for-song covers of the Purple Rain's tracks. The biggest coup was recruiting Apollonia, the one-time Prince protege who starred in the film, to sing a cover of "When Doves Cry" that she cut with Greg Dulli and his band the Twilight Singers.

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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