Princely Sum

February 18, 2014 9:00 am

Before he was a Love Symbol, and even before he dropped that whole “Roger Nelson” part of his name, Prince was a scrappy teen piping his funky falsetto on the mean streets of Minneapolis.

We’ve got the pics to prove it.

Starting February 21st, you can view rare, eye-popping photos of Prince just as he was launching his first album, For You, at that Mecca of music art, Mr. Musichead Gallery.

The exhibit, Robert Whitman Photographs: Prince, Minneapolis, 1977, is a collection of 20 silver gelatin stills taken by Whitman. Prince was only 17 at the time.


Whitman, now a well-established portrait photographer, was hired by Prince’s producers Owen Husney and Gary Levenson after they recorded For You.

These black-and-whites were taken at Prince’s studio (also Husney’s home) and on the streets of downtown Minneapolis. After making the press-kit rounds, they sat in Whitman’s storage.

Until now. Here’s a little gallery to get you primed.

The exhibit runs through March 7th.

Don’t miss it. After all – it’s for you.

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