From the former senior editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Holy or the Broken, called “thoughtful and illuminating” by The New York Times, a new book on the unlikely coming-to-be of Prince’s now legendary album.
Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film—each one a commercial success and cultural milestone. How did this semi-autobiographical musical masterpiece that blurred R&B, pop, dance, and rock sounds come to alter the recording landscape and become an enduring touchstone for successive generations of fans?
Purple Rain is widely considered to be among the most important albums in music history and often named the best soundtrack of all time. It sold over a million copies in its first week and blasted to #1 on the charts, where it would remain for a full six months and eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide. It spun off three huge hit singles, won Grammys and an Oscar, and took Prince from pop star to legend.
Coinciding with the thirtieth anniversary year of Purple Rain’s release, acclaimed music journalist Alan Light takes a timely look at the making and incredible popularizing of this once seemingly impossible project. With impeccable research and in-depth interviews with people who witnessed Prince’s audacious vision becoming a reality, Light reveals how a rising but not yet established artist from the Midwest was able not only to get Purple Rain made, but deliver on his promise to conquer the world.
Every first Wednesday of the month starting at 7 pm (except July and August)
The Wednesday Book Discussion group meets at the Stafford Library the first Wednesday evening of every month at 7:00 pm. The group does not meet in July or August. You are welcome to join the discussion. Come to the circulation desk to pick up your books.
Titles and meeting dates for 2015 are: Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, 4/1 And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, 5/6 Grayson by Lynne Cox, 6/3 The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, 9/2
Every second Tuesday of the month starting at 1 pm
The Tuesday Book Discussion group meets at the Stafford Library the second Tuesday of every month at 1:00 pm. You are welcome to join the discussion. Come to the circulation desk to pick up your books.
The titles and meeting dates for 2015 are: Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, 4/14 When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson, 5/12 Everything Nice by Ellen Shanman, 6/9 The Writing on My Forehead by Narfisa Haji, 7/14 Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman, 8/11
Sign up for a one-on-one class with a staff member who will teach you the basics of using your eReader, how to access eLibraryNJ for free books or for computer help. Please call the branch at 732-244-4573 to set up an appointment.
4th Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm (except November when they will meet on the 3rd Thursday)
1/22/15 The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern 2/26/15 Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean 3/26/15 The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty 4/23/15 Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson 5/28/15 The Round House by Louise Erdrich 6/25/15 The Painted Girls by Cathy Buchanan No Meetings in July and August
9/24/15 The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton 10/22/15 Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce 11/19/15 Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth
The DVD Discussion Group meets at the Stafford Library the second Thursday evening of every month at 7:00 pm. You are welcome to join the discussion. Come to the Stafford circulation desk to pick up your DVD. Each month's title is available by the first of the month.
MONSIEUR LAZHAR (Rated PG) At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.
Fridays, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11 from 10am -4pm
Providing services to the community including senior services, passports, veteran's services, consumer affairs, voter registration and parks and tourism information. Bus can be found in back parking lot. County Connection Mobile Unit visits the Barnegat Library every 2nd Friday of the month from 10am - 4pm.