My Life in the Purple Kingdom

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University of Minnesota Press
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5.4 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

BrownMark (Mark Brown) is an American musician, bassist, and record producer born in Minneapolis. His early fame came in 1981 when he joined The Revolution, Prince's original touring (and later, recording) band.

Cynthia M. Uhrich is an award-winning filmmaker and the founder of In the Moment Films. Her writing has been published by Smith & Krauss and Freshwater Press, and she facilitates a twice-yearly writing retreat for women in Minnesota, where she resides.

Questlove is a musician and music journalist. He is the drummer and joint frontman for the band The Roots, the in-house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since 2014.


"This is not a tell-all book. It is simply a candid, honest, heartfelt story about a young kid who goes on to achieve his dream of making it in the music industry, and the price that he pays along the way. It's an uplifting tale about working with Prince, and it is an enjoyable read that serves as another piece of the puzzle that is Prince."--Chuck Earling

"This page-turning memoir... will appeal to BrownMark's fans and general music enthusiasts."--Library Journal

"Those looking for a memoir awash in sex, drugs, and the seamier sides of Prince's private life will instead discover hard work and rigid discipline under a stern taskmaster, an artist who became what he was through minute attention to detail as well as genius. A memoir of vivid detail and understandable ambivalence."--Kirkus Reviews

"A story of low notes and high stakes, of Revolution and of evolution, of bands and fans and best-laid plans, of pills and thrills and daffodils. Hang tough, children, and read it."--Questlove, from the Foreword