As fans have continued to mourn the passing of rock phenom Prince, UCLA Library Special Collections staff Caroline Cubé, digital resources specialist, and Annie Watanabe Rocco put together a flash exhibit tribute to the artist.
“Soul Sanctuary: A Tribute to Prince” features an array of press clippings, magazine articles, photographs and other Prince-ly items culled from UCLA’s Soul Publications Inc. Records collection in the Performing Arts Special Collections. Soul Magazine was based in L.A. and founded by Regina and Ken Jones in 1966 to provide a forum for critical engagement with black artistic expression and social issues.
A media information sheet produced for the 1978 release of Prince’s first Warner Bros. Records album, “For You,” when he was just 18, read: “Prince did it all. Composed the music, produced the sessions. Played the instruments … and sang all the lead and background vocals.”
The info sheet continued: “The result is something new. Smart. Sexy. Direct but subtle. It goes for the heart, the feet and all the other good places.”
See “Soul Sanctuary: A Tribute to Prince” until 5 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Charles E. Young Research Library, A1713, in the lobby of Special Collections.
Read a related UCLA Newsroom story: Prince’s first manager reflects on the music icon’s early days.