August 12, 1997 in Features

Ex-Prince Says He Now Enjoys Performing

Thor Christensen The Dallas Morning News
 

For years, the former Prince’s feelings toward the media could be summed up by one of his hits: “I Hate U.” He simply refused all interview requests and cloaked everything he did in utmost secrecy.

He recently agreed to answer questions from The Dallas Morning News … but only if he could respond in writing. Three days after faxing him our questions, we received these answers:

Q. Why have you been reluctant to talk with journalists over the years?

A. Because of their set agendas. I don’t need psychoanalysis from a journalist nor criticism on my music from someone who is not a musician. That’s why I don’t do book reviews.

Q. Why have you had such a hard time dealing with record companies?

A. Their system is not accustomed to artists who, first of all, record as fast as I do, and second, want to retain ownership of their work.

Q. Why have you toured so infrequently in the last 10 years?

A. I was at the time unhappy. I was not in control of my immediate surroundings or of my work. I love to perform now.


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