THE PRINCE ESTATE AND WARNER RECORDS RELEASE A FOUR-EPISODE PODCAST, PRINCE: THE STORY OF 1999. PRODUCED WITH THE CURRENT
Today, The Prince Estate and Warner Records released the first episode in a four-part podcast series titled Prince: The Story of 1999, produced with 89.3 The Current.
The podcast, which is hosted by The Current’s Andrea Swensson, comes ahead of the reissue of Prince’s iconic 1999, on November 29th via NPG Records/Warner Records. The timeless album is remastered for the very first time and features 35 previously unreleased tracks from Prince’s legendary vault that showcase the boundless creative flow Prince had tapped into during this era.
Released in 1982, Prince’s landmark double album 1999 solidified his genre-defying Minneapolis Sound and changed the course of pop music for the next decade. Prince: The Story of 1999, gives listeners an inside look at Prince’s musical world like never before. Listeners will get a first-hand account about the making of 1999, from musicians, friends, and scholars, who also discuss the emergence of Prince as an unprecedented creative force alongside never-before-heard music from Prince’s storied vault. This unique audio experience will offer fans an exclusive sampling of the unreleased music that will be included on the Super Deluxe Edition of the 1999 reissue.
The Current’s Andrea Swensson, is an author and historian of Minnesota music, particularly in the works and life of Prince. Swensson is one of four esteemed contributors to the liner notes of the 1999 reissue.
“It’s been such a treat to take a deep dive into these vault tracks and speak to collaborators about the pivotal period of Prince’s career when he introduced his Minneapolis Sound to the world,” said Swensson, who also hosts The Current’s Local Show. “Prince and The Current had a special relationship, and it means the world to us to see this partnership continue and to work in collaboration with The Prince Estate.”
Prince shared a close connection to The Current during his life, and the station served as a musical home for millions of fans upon his passing. The Current continues to honor his life, music and legacy on Purple Current, a stream dedicated to the music he inspired. Given these strong connections, a partnership on a project of this depth was a natural step – sharing deeper insights and celebrating the genius that is Prince.
To subscribe, search for Prince: The Story of 1999 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or your preferred podcasting platform.
November 19 – Episode 1: My Mind Says Prepare to Fight
November 26 – Episode 2: Rearrange
December 3 – Episode 3: The Idolmaker
December 10 – Episode 4: Let’s Work
The Current will also air the four episodes of Prince: The Story of 1999 on Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, and Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Central Time
Pre-order 1999 here, available in three formats:
• Super Deluxe Edition (5CD+DVD / 10LP+DVD / audio-only download and streaming)
• Deluxe Edition (2CD / 4LP 180g vinyl / download and streaming)
• Remastered album (1CD / 2LP 180g Purple Vinyl / download and streaming)