Prince historian Duane Tudahl is back with a second book: His first one was called Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions 1983 & 1984. The latest one, Prince and the Parade and Sign O' The Times Era Studio Sessions 1985 & 1986, contains a foreword by Sir Elton.
The author told Mic how the Rocket Man got involved. He recalled watching a fundraiser on TV which included Elton, and thought how cool it would be if the star wrote the foreword.
''We both laughed about it because it was so far-fetched. And the next day, an old friend of mine named Mathieu Bitton, who is also a Prince expert, reached out to me and said, 'How would you feel about Elton John writing your foreword?' He knew Elton's husband David, and suggested it, and they read the book back in September and really liked it. And then one morning I woke up to an email from Mathieu that said, 'Here's the foreword,' and I read it and started crying.''
When Duane read it to his wife, she began to cry as well.
''It's humbling. It's mind blowing. I grew up as a huge Elton John fan. The funny thing is, I don't know how I top this.''
In his contribution, Elton recalls being snubbed by Prince but getting to perform a Beatles number with him a couple of times. He also notes that the book covers ''part of Prince's great moment, when he was writing one incredible song after another. Every major artist has one, the period when they're on a roll.''
Yet, he says, Prince's great moment ''seems slightly inexplicable and unearthly too, even more so when you read about it in the kind of detail contained here.''
Ultimateclassicrock.com has an extract, so you can read more of Elton's commentary here: