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sabathani community center

from prince posted in music by pete_nice

Now a community center, Prince went to junior high and used to shoot hoops at this building. The center is planning an outdoor party for 5,000-7,000 Prince fans on April 30, 2016.

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graffiti bridge

from prince posted in music by tacopolis

Near this intersection, the SW Regional LRT crosses over Valley View Road. For years, a bridge stood over Valley View that was perpetually coated with graffiti: messages for birthday congrats and wedding requests, drawings, and the occasional mural of Prince.

Prince (who lived in the area) must have appreciated it, because his follow-up to his smash film/album Purple Rain was the mediocre album/film Graffiti Bridge in 1990.

The bridge was removed in 1991, and was replaced with the clean and graffiti-free bridge that is there today.

Read a thorough history of Graffiti Bridge here.

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capri theatre

from prince posted in music by corporate_sunshine

On January 5, 1979, a 20-year-old Prince played his first show at a fundraiser for the Capri Theater in Minneapolis. Prince had been signed the previous year with Warner Bros, and some executives attended the show, with the decision made to allow the performer time to polish his act.

In October 1979, the self-titled debut Prince album was released, eventually going platinum.

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paisley park

from prince posted in music by prof_improbable

Paisley Park Studios is where the Great Purple One (Prince) occasionally recorded. Something akin to the Willy Wonka Candy Factory, its status is continually a subject of mystery. I worked on a commercial here once, shot in the large sound stage area. Prince has thrown after-parties here sporadically in the last decade. Apparently, there are a number of rooms off-limits to nearly everybody, including a worship area since Prince is reportedly a devout Jehovah's Witness.

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