It’s been one year since Prince passed away and fans have taken to the internet today to post remembrances. In the spirit of that, we’re re-running a few articles that call attention to Prince, his life, his music, and his uniqueness.
A letter from Paul McCartney to Prince hit the block at Boston’s RR Auction and ended up fetching quite a price. The letter featured McCartney asking the late musician for a donation to the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and was just sold for a little under $15,000. No true word on what the results were from the letter itself, but as you can tell from it’s copy, it’s endlessly charming.
If anything, I picture McCartney pecking like a rooster while either dictating to someone or taking breaks while writing it himself:
Dear Princely person,
Hi there! I know how hard it is to always be getting letters that ask for some favour or another, so it was not easy for me to accept the job of Lead Patron for a Performing Arts School to be located in my home town, Liverpool. But, you guessed it! I did agree to do it, so now I’m writing to “friends and all good people” to try and interest them in the scheme. The story started just after the inner-city riots in Liverpool a few years ago. A friend suggested that “what the city needs is a “Fame” School.”
I liked the idea as a possible positive focus for local and overseas kids, but it was only later when I went back to my own old school that was in ruins, that I thought by locating a Performing Arts Centre there we could save the 1825 building in the process. So….. (phew!) We’re now well on our way, as the enclosed info shows, but there’s still a lot to be done. Now the hard part. A donation from you would be a great boost to the project, and I know your involvement in some way, would be a thrill for everyone concerned. Hope you didn’t mind me writing this, it’s so long since I’ve written letters I feel like I’m back at school myself.
Anyway, one of these days you’ll have to come and teach a class some moves!! Who knows, it may turn out to be something special for thousands of future kids. Thanks for looking at this.
Cheers, & love
Pretty cool. McCartney paid tribute to Prince following his passing by sharing a story on how the pair spent New Year’s Eve together. The former Beatles member also played a cover of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” during a show in Minneapolis. The letter is just a bit of a topping on what seems to be a respectful professional relationship.