On Time: A Princely Life in Funk

On Time: A Princely Life in Funk


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A memoir by Morris Day of The Time centering around his lifelong relationship and association with Prince
"A vital, illuminating, and wildly entertaining autobiography." -Billboard

"Great book! Great storytelling!" -LENNY KRAVITZ

"Lean, slick, cooler than Santa Claus, and surprisingly tender, this book not only traces Day's history in Minneapolis funk, but doubles as an intimate recollection of his time with Prince." -BEN GREENMAN, author of Dig If You Will The Picture

Brilliant composer, smooth soul singer, killer drummer, and charismatic band leader, Morris Day has been a force in American music for the past four decades. In On Time, the renowned funkster looks back on a life of turbulence and triumph, chronicling his creative process with an explosive prose that mirrors his intoxicating music.

A major theme throughout the book is Morris's enduring friendship and musical partnership with Prince, from their early days on the Minneapolis scene to selling out stadiums and duking it out as rivals in Purple Rain. Eventually, Morris went on to release four albums with a new band of his very own, The Time; however, before long, increasing tensions between the two performers set them down separate paths. Through the years, the fierce brotherly love between Morris and Prince kept bringing them back together-until pride, ego, and circumstance interfered. Two months before Prince's untimely death, the two finally started to make amends. But Morris never could have imagined it would be the last time he'd ever see his friend again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306922190
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 99,603
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

MORRIS DAY is a legendary multiplatinum recording artist, musician, composer, arranger, and singer who is best known as both a solo artist and the lead singer of The Time. He costarred with Prince in the blockbuster Purple Rain. Day resides in Orange County, California.

DAVID RITZ is a Grammy Award winner and the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book Award. He won the 2013 ASCAP Award for outstanding musical bio for When I Left Home, written with Buddy Guy. Ritz lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Prelude 3

1 Drop the Groove 7

2 Crowded House 11

3 The Lunchroom 17

4 Good Times 25

5 Shampayne 33

6 Drummer for Hire 39

7 Evolution of a Revolution 49

8 Time for The Time 55

9 The Electrifying Mojo 65

10 Egg on Your Face 73

11 Purple Rain 83

12 MD 93

13 The Split 97

14 What Color Is Success? 103

15 The Character 109

16 Daydreaming 115

17 Don't I Get My Own Chapter? 123

18 Corporate World 127

19 Graffiti Bridge 133

20 Nothing Is Guaranteed 139

21 Right Time for The Time 147

22 Raves and Rants 153

23 It's About Time 161

24 Musicology 165

25 The Come-to-Jesus Talk 171

26 The Gig That Wasn't 177

27 Gigolos Get Lonely Too 181

28 Remembrance of Things Past 187

29 Secrets 191

30 Not the End 197

31 The Beginning 201

Acknowledgments 205

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