Prince’s Paisley Park Home/Office/Recording Studio to Become Museum

 

Prince’s Paisley Park Home/Office/Recording Studio to Become Museum

By Burt Carey

As millions of music fans across the world mourn the death of Prince, his family is paving the way to give the public a behind-the-scenes peek into the artist’s exceptionally private life.

Prince, Paisley Park, music remembered, Chanhassen, Minnesota, memorabilia“We will turn Paisley Park into a museum in Prince’s memory,” brother-in-law Maurice Phillips told The Sun, a U.K. tabloid. “It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans – this would remember his music, which is his legacy. Prince was always private but would have wanted his music remembered.”

The world knew him by his first name only, a brand Prince grew into sales and a huge persona that translated in popular appeal on stage. Born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958, he died last week at the age of 57.

Paisley Park is the name of Prince’s 50,000-square-foot mansion in Chanhassen, Minn., a small city of less than 25,000 people southwest and just outside the suburbs of Minneapolis. Since his death a week ago, Prince’s home has been visited by tens of thousands of mourning fans. And while Chanhassen itself may not have the accommodations for thousands annual visitors, Minneapolis is close enough to handle what could become a popular tourist destination.

The plan to create a museum follows the lead of other famous musicians whose estates have become fan attractions. Perhaps the most famous of all is Graceland, Elvis Presley’s Memphis mansion, and Bob Marley’s former home in Kingston, Jamaica.

How far the family will be able to take their plans is yet to be seen. Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, filed court documents in Carver County, Minnesota, declaring that Prince did not have a will. She is asking the court to appoint a special administrator to oversee the artist’s estate, which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

One of Prince’s music collaborators and former love interest Sheila E., also expressed interest in making Paisley Park into a museum. “We’re hoping to make Paisley what he wanted it to be. He was working on it being a museum,” she said. “He’s been gathering memorabilia and stuff from all the tours, like my drums and his motorcycle.

“There’s a hallway of his awards and things, which he really didn’t care about too much, but he displayed it for the fans because he knows that they would want to see it,” she continued.”There (are) pictures of him all down the halls, some you’ve seen before and some never. There’s a mural on the wall with his hands out, and on one side is all the people he was influenced by and the other side is all of us who have played with him. It’s beautiful.”

Prince sold more than 100 million records worldwide in a variety of styles, including funk, R&B, rock, soul and pop. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and Rolling Stone ranks him at No. 27 of its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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Source:  Baret News

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