The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince. A first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince’s early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince’s evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement. The fourth and final part shows us his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain: the final stage in Prince’s self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey. This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original and energizing literary work in its own right, full of Prince’s ideas and vision, his voice and image, his undying gift to the world.