The Essential Prince Reading List

Over his decades-long career, Prince granted very few interviews. But that didn't stop journalists, critics, and fellow musicians from writing about him.

1. Hilton Als, "I Am Your Conscious, I Am Love," Harper's, Dec. 2012

2. Kurt Loder, "Prince Reigns," Rolling Stone, August 1984

3. Robert Palmer, "Is Prince Leading Music To A New Biracism?", The New York Times, Dec. 2, 1981

4. Ann Powers, "One Night With Prince," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 8, 2009

5. Marc Bernardin, "Prince Gave Black Kids the License To Be Who They Wanted To Be, Not What Society Thought They Should Be," Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2016

6. Nichole Perkins, "How Prince Taught Me About Female Sexuality," BuzzFeed, Feb. 8, 2015

7. Chris Heath, "The Man Who Would Be Prince," Details, November 1991

8. Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, "The Time I Went Roller-Skating With Prince," Slate, 2013

9. Claire Hoffman, "Soup With Prince," New Yorker, Nov. 24, 2008

10. Neal Karlen, "Prince Talks: The Silence Is Broken," Rolling Stone, Sept. 12, 1985

11. Anil Dash, "I Know Times Are Changing," The Message, June 25, 2014

12. Britt Julious, "Why I Needed To Witness the Greatness of Prince," BuzzFeed, Oct. 2, 2012

13. Robert Christgau, Review of Dirty Mind, 1980

14. Ta-Nehisi Coates, "All Of My Purple Life," The Atlantic, Sept. 18, 2009

15. Rob Sheffield, "Nothing Compared 2 Him," Rolling Stone, April 21, 2016

16. Kelley L. Carter, "I met Prince. He told me something with a look. And I got it," The Undefeated, April 21, 2016

17. Hua Hsu, "Remembering Prince," The New Yorker, April 22, 2016

18. Rembert Browne, "Earth Was Lucky To Get 57 Years of Prince," Vulture, April 21, 2016

19. Dodai Stewart, "On Prince, Blackness, And Sexuality," Fusion, April 21, 2016

20. Wesley Morris, "Prince Knew What He Wanted: Sex, Soul, and You," New York Times, April 22, 2016