In his three decades of recording, Prince has had nearly thirty albums hit the Billboard Top 100. He is the only artist since the Beatles to have a number one song, movie, and single at the same time. Prince's trajectory--from a teenage unknown in Minneapolis to an idol and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer--has won him millions of adoring fans. "Prince" is the first book to give full treatment to this epic thirty-year career. Acclaimed music journalist Ronin Ro traces Prince's rise from anonymity in the 70s, to his leap to stardom in the 80s, to his reemergence in the twenty-first century as both artistic icon and star maker. Ro shows how Prince helped define and inspire a generation, along the way confronting labels, fostering other young talents, and taking ownership of his music--making a profound mark on the entertainment industry and pop culture. In this authoritative biography, Ro digs deep to reveal the man behind some of the most important music of our time.