Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Prince's Reign an Uncommon Artist and His Discreet Good Deeds

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Prince's Reign an Uncommon Artist and His Discreet Good Deeds

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For those of a certain generation, the death of John Lennon in 1980 is a moment frozen in time. For another group of people, in another time, that's how the death of Prince last week, at the age of 57, felt.

The man who played 27 instruments and turned down a major record contract in his teens - because it meant he would relinquish creative control - made his musical vision clear to his fans, and they loved him for it .

That Prince was a great musician is indisputable.That he also performed great deeds was not so well known. Former presidential adviser and activist Van Jones revealed in recent days that Prince was an active and generous humanitarian. But he preferred to keep this a secret, both as a matter of personal preference and because, as a Jehovah's Witness, he was not allowed to boast about his generosity. …

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