Prince

Can’t be beat: Columbia native recounts years drumming for Prince

One thing legendary performing artist Prince was a proponent of was live music. With backing bands like The Revolution and The New Power Generation, live instrumentation was a hallmark of Prince’s style and the development of the “Minneapolis sound.” John Blackwell, drummer for Prince, developed his passion for music at W.J. Keenan High School. (Photos by Kelly Petty) The musician,…

Columbia groups take steps to honor Prince

The Purple One is getting the royal treatment thanks to the Richland Library and the Five Points Association. Richland Library has assembled a collection of purple-colored children’s books to honor Prince. (Photo provided) Library cardholders can access the music of the late rock, soul and funk artist Prince through their online digital media service Hoopla. Hoopla is a free mobile…