I first became aware of Prince in 1984 at the age of 10, when his album Purple Rain hit the charts, and followed his career from then on. But it wasn’t really until the release of his magnum opus, Sign O’The Times, in 1987 that my life-long obsession began. I rushed out to my local record shop to buy a bootleg three album box set of the discarded tracks that hadn’t made it onto that masterpiece. Listening to these, I became intrigued with the secrets behind his music, a fascination that led me to go to hundreds of his gigs, starting with the Lovesexy tour in 1988 at Wembley. In 2006, after I had become a novelist, I decided I wanted to write about Prince and devoted seven years of my life to unpicking the secrets behind his music, and in the process, the man.
Read Matt’s piece in The Telegraph here.