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Rare pictures of Prince to feature at Minnesota History Center

It will include the work of Prince's personal photographer.
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Rarely seen intimate and candid shots of Prince will form part of a new exhibition opening at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul next month.

Called "Prince: Before the Rain," the exhibition features the work of the Purple One's personal photographer Allen Beaulieu, who had a front-row seat during Prince's rise to fame in the late '70s to early '80s.

Fifty digital prints of Beaulieu's work will be on display, including snaps he took that became the covers of albums including "Dirty Mind" and "Controversy."

There will also be live performance shots, "behind-the-scenes candids," and shots of Prince with The Revolution, Morris Day and the Time, and other artists when the exhibition opens on Sept. 21.

The space inside the history center will be themed "like an intimate nightclub," with black walls, "long purple drapes," glittering chandelier and a purple velvet couch paying homage to the Minneapolis music legend.

You can find more pictures in Beaulieu's book, "Prince: Before the Rain", with Beaulieu himself leading a panel discussion between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the history center, where he'll be joined by The Revolution member Dez Dickerson, DJ Kevin Cole, and moderator Andrea Swensson, of The Current.

More Prince artifacts will be found in the adjoining exhibit at the Minnesota History Center, "First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom," which will run alongside the Beaulieu exhibit until May 3, 2020.

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