Prince, seen here speaking during the Grammys, will perform May 9 in Baltimore. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Prince celebrates his birthday and the release of Purple Rain at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis. Paul Natkin/Getty Images hide caption

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Prince has two new albums out, Art Official Age under his own name and Plectrumelectrum with 3RDEYEGIRL (pictured). Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Drummer, singer and bandleader Sheila E. unpacks the details of a rich musical life in the new memoir The Beat of My Own Drum. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"I never wanted to be your weekend lover": Prince and his Purple Rain costar Appolonia Kotero. Warner Bros./Getty Images hide caption

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Seeing Purple Rain as kids instilled a lifelong love for Prince in friends Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Liberum, who co-lead the cover band Princess. Album cover hide caption

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Prince performing at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, Calif., in 1985. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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The Record

My American Dream Sounds Like Prince

Miles Marshall Lewis draws a line from Prince's concern for his community to the Hip-Hop Nation.

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