Music

PRINCE ‘PRE FAME’: The Legend In 648 Images Captured By Robert Whitman

In 1977, a local musician called Prince Rogers Nelson attracted the attention of the music agent Owen Husney and his partner Gary Levinson. With the aim to create a press kit for Warner Bros, they asked photographer Robert Whitman to capture the yet unknown musician. To entice him into taking the pictures, Levinson came by Whitman’s apartment and played an early demo of “Soft and Wet” on his car stereo. The photographer was instantly gripped by the unique sound of Prince’s music. The young artist, who was said to be of a slightly shy nature, was captured by Whitman on the street, in the studio and, on the rarest of occasions, actually smiling. The photographs provide an honest commentary on Prince’s early style, his writing and creative process.

To celebrate the 40 years anniversary since the iconic photoshoot, a limited edition photobook PRINCE ‘PRE FAME’ limited to a number of 1200, 100 of them signed by Whitman, has been released recently. The publication brings together over 71 works, 18 contact sheets, a total of 648 images as well as new writings and the original 1977 press brochure and diary entries of Gary Levinson. Offering a fresh view at Prince’s early career, the book is published in a flame red, hard back cover, protected within a red slipcase. PRINCE ‘PRE FAME’ is exclusively available on the social network app Vero, where the book can be purchased.

www.vero.co

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PITCH FESTIVAL 2016

The fifth edition of Pitch Festival will kick off this weekend at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. The impressive line-up is suggesting it will be a fun two-days. Featured in our #50 issue, Canadian singer Grimes will be performing, as well as William Phillips, a.k.a. Tourist, alongside many more. For those not familiar, Tourist is an electronic musician and is co-writer of Grammy-winning Song of 2015 Stay with Me by Sam Smith.

To get a feeling of what PITCH is like, watch last year’s impression on our Facebook. Weekend and day tickets are available on www.pitchfestival.nl

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Future, Present, Past, The Strokes Travel Back In Time

It has been pretty quiet from the American indie-rock band front in recent years, however the wait for new music has come to an end. The Strokes last studio album Comedown Machine was released back in 2013, but they decided to cut off from social media and not promote the album, with only a few performances here and there. The new EP Future, Present, Past is available now for you to enjoy. Lead singer Julian Casablancas debuted OBLIVIUS on his own radio show, Culture Void on Sirius XMU. The extended play consists of four tracks, three original new songs and a remix of OBLIVIUS, by Moretti. The band completely distinguish themselves from what’s currently on the hit lists and sticks to what works for them, which results in a moody but balanced album soothing for the upcoming summer. It’s a satisfying new addition to your vacation playlist.

www.thestrokes.com