The Spinners

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,…