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Opinion:Why Are The #Prince Accomplishments Not Acknowledged?

Prince in universe

It is becoming increasingly clear that the accomplishments of Prince are being grossly overlooked or worse, ignored by those in the position of providing him with the recognition he deserves.

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Prince at Montreux

An example of this is, the fact that, despite the fact he has written so many songs over time, (not just Purple Rain), he has not been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Yet,  Jay-Z , who does not have half the catalog of original, succesful and published songs compared to Prince, has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Prince has 39 albums with his own original compositions, songs which contain beautiful and meaningful lyrics as well as music which is all composed by Prince. Yet, they ignore him as well as the petition which seeks to have him properly honored. https://www.change.org/p/the-songwriters-hall-of-fame-prince-is-music-induct-prince-into-the-songwriters-hall-of-fame

prince holding guitar 25But it is not just the Songwriters Hall of Fame, there are others, including Barack Obama, who, while president, had the opportunity to bestow the ‘Medal of Freedom’ to Prince, but failed to do so. Prince, by far merited the Medal of Freedom equally with persons such as Ellen Degeneres.  People point to “courage” but fail to note the courage it took for Prince to take a stand against the record industry and it’s treatment of artist. That was his livelihood, yet he not only had the courage to take a stand, he also won the fight! Also, he should have been granted the award based upon his philanthropy, activism, and generosity.  Most of his philanthropic actions were performed with the understanding that they would not be publicized. But, after his passing, when those activities were revealed, the amounts of his generosity remain unsurpassed. (You can find the list here: https://www.change.org/p/designate-prince-rogers-nelson-s-paisley-park-as-a-national-historic-landmark/u/17626949) Clearly, this warranted Prince being awarded the Medal of Freedom posthumously.

And then there is the Prince estate. First, it was Bremer, who as administrator for the estate, refused to even meet with the Minnesota Historical Society regarding their attempt to designate Paisley Park and his other properties as a Minnesota Historical sites. And, when contacted by parties who are seeking to make Paisley Park a National Historic Landmark, the response by one of the Bremer reps was: “We’re not marketing it as a Historical Landmark.” Excuse me? Marketing? Seriously? The audacity of that person to use the term “marketing” when approached as to preserving a legacy was not only outrageous, but also unconscionable. Suffice it to say, that, although no longer in charge of the Prince estate, Bremer remains currently embroiled and embattled as to some of the financial choices which were made  during their tenure, but the truth is, that, at no point, did they consider anything which would preserve the legacy of Prince, only that which would earn money.

Then there is Paisley Park, being managed by Graceland Holdings, who only seem to seek to profit from Prince’s legacy, but not to actually preserve Paisley Park.

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Paisley Park

Lastly, there are the heirs, who, instead of trying to bolster and preserve the legacy of their brother, appear to be attempting to create a legacy of their own, based solely upon their relationship to Prince via the music industry and/or covering Prince songs. And yet, they do not have the time to invest in even discussions with those attempting to preserve his legacy via lobbying ‘Kennedy Honors’, Songwriters Hall of Fame’ or those who are attempting to have Paisley Park and other sites  designated as historical landmarks, hence preserving one of his greatest legacies! They appear to only want to increase their personal bottom line and if they will obtain no money, then they have zero interest. We also now know that the alleged shady deals made during the Bremer tenure were, (if not directly), approved to move forward via lack of opposition.  Paisley Park, has always paid for itself, and can continue to do so, if indeed, there is the Prince new 2appropriate and qualified attention to detail and respect that Prince and his fans deserve. After all, Paisley Park is indeed within the hearts of his fans, and it is the fans of Prince who supported him throughout his career who actually paid for Paisley Park.

Yet of course, hats off and much respect to those who are actually attempting to preserve and protect the legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson who warrant mentions such as: PRNAlumni who are focusing on the continuation of Prince’s awesome charitable work;  @PurpleLegacy who continue to persist in their efforts to have Paisley Park designated as a National Historic Landmark; The Minnesota Historical Society, working to name Paisley Park as a Minnesota Historical site; the Prince watchdog group, PurpleOutcry.org, who work tirelessly to make certain that Prince’s legacy retains the respect it deserves,as well as protect that legacy; the Department of the Interior under the Obama administration who worked with Minnesota Historical society; and most of all to the fans of Prince, a really super-smart and loyal group of people who stand as gatekeepers to the memory and legacy of Prince.

So the question remains: Why are the accomplishments of Prince not acknowledged? The question itself is as perplexing as the lack of answers appear to be.

Prince at NPG festival 2011

Prince 2011 at NPG Festival

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Opinion: Paisley Park Pedestrian Bridge?

FILE - In this May 2, 2016 file photo, a painting of Prince is displayed on an easel at the flower-covered fence at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minn. where pop rock singer Prince died on April 21. Court filings in Prince's estate show that a special administrator, and likely Prince's siblings, are eager to explore the money-making potential of making a tourist attraction out of his Paisley Park home and studio complex. Industry experts weigh in on the revenue potential and what might turn the complex into an enduring and successful attraction. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Fence outside Paisley Park

It has been suggested to Chanhassen City Council that a pedestrian bridge, which would begin at the parking lot directly across the street from Paisley Park, then  cross over Audobon and leading directly to “the fence”, be constructed. This would be a win-win for the fans, the residents who live in and around Paisley Park, and for the city, who are struggling with traffic studies, etc.  This suggestion, ( in contrast to the virtual fence), would keep the tangible and very real lock-of-love-at-paisley-parkconnection between Prince and his fans.  In this way, fans could continue to leave their memorials at the fence, a ritual which was initiated by the fans, without becoming traffic hazards. And the traffic would be able to flow down Audubon with in its normal and customary flow.

paisley-park-fenceInstead of a lot of restrictive signs, which can only be proven to work over time, a pedestrian bridge would allow fans to continue to leave their memorials. And, a reminder, that the tour costs may be too high for some fans  and there is the issue of those fans  who may not be emotionally ready to take the tour.

It must be remembered that Prince loved his fans and they loved him, and this simple solution would allow the fence to serve as a connection between his fans and his memory. The memorials could continue to be removed and archived and stored until such time it has been determined how and where they will be displayed. Prince himself would want safety issues to be resolved, and this would be fitting due to his own ‘bridge-building’ via his philanthropy to causes worldwide.paisley-park-fence-3

This seems to be such an easy solution and one wonders why no one is looking into this to resolve the issues which are of concern to the Chanhassen City Council members. One would think that this is a solution worthy of  being explored.

The fence as somewhere to leave memorials should continue, as it has proven to be a cathartic mechanism for Prince fans, and Prince fans are still grieving. Instead of trying to terminate the grieving process of the fans, that process paisley-park-4should be acknowledged and accommodated. One councilperson, (McDonald), expressly stated that he wanted something for the fans and their memorials. The cyber fence created by those who are temporarily in charge, does not take into account that there is more than artwork being left at the fence. There are notes, ‘love-locks’, flowers, etc and every fan who travels from all over the country and the world wants to leave their own personal memorial, and that is a fact which needs to be considered.

The pedestrian bridge would eliminate all of the of the current concerns and obstacles.

 

Prince loved his 'fam' 2014 Hollywood Palladium performance

Prince loved his ‘fam’ 2014 Hollywood Palladium performance

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