Indeed, there have always been contradictions about Prince, and he held the world at arm’s length. He tried to prevent his collaborators from talking about him to the press. He obfuscated aspects about his past. One of his earlier songs, “Controversy,” explicitly reveled in the ambiguities. I completely understand the point Petrusich makes. But I went to Paisley Park as a musician, wanting to appreciate its singular musical environment. For me, it offered a look behind the scenes and didn’t disappoint.
Paisley Park—a Palace Dedicated to Music Making
In October 2016, Prince’s heirs opened Paisley Park as a museum. As one of its first visitors, I wrote about my VIP tour in the blog post XXX. Petrusich also took the VIP tour. If you plan to visit, I recommend shelling out the money for the VIP tour, despite its expense. Otherwise you miss some of the most interesting areas such as the recording studios. Petrusich notes that the external architecture is unremarkable. Quite true. The interior space contains the magic of the design. Essentially a palace dedicated to music making, Paisley Park comprises recording studios, concert hall, video editing room, the music vault, and assorted offices and work spaces.
I enjoyed reading Petrusich’s article. Definitely heed her warning. If you plan to visit, go with the right expectations. Don’t expect to pierce the mystery of Prince. Don’t expect to understand his life. But if you want to see the space that gave birth to so much amazing music and pay homage, you will enjoy the experience.