The Prince Podcast – Mayte Book Review, Listener Phone Calls

We open up the phone lines and get you the listeners to weigh in on Mayte's book. Also Universal may try to cancel its deal with the Prince Estate.
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Michael Dean is the founder and host of PodcastJuice. Michael is also a musician, author. His latest science fiction novel: Truths Destiny is available on Amazon.

  • Danny G

    Some great points in this podcast- when you talk about Prince not giving back The Family or The Time’s name when they made their recent records, the Chris Brown comment cracked me up, and I agree about your comments on Mayte. Let her say what she wants to say, its not all about money, she had a life that mattered too and fans want to hear her story.

  • Jana Oregon

    Have been looking forward to your review on this. I think Prince may have been interfering from heaven by the sounds of the audio and all the interruptions;) BUT, the subject matter was so good I almost didn’t mind. I have the audio book and agree it is really something and I highly recommend it. From this woman’s POV, I feel she has every right to share her truth. Nothing she said made me feel differently about Prince, I am still a fan. But rather helped put some of the pieces of the puzzle together. As was pointed it, he came from a dysfunctional home and was emotionally compromised, he never really grew past his neeed for control, which likely came from having none as a young child. He was basically on his own from age 12 forward. But despite this he had a big, generous heart and tried to do the right thing most of the time. (the best he knew how) He has said on more than one occasion that he had made some mistakes in his youth and he learned from most of them. One thing I found really interesting was the DNA and the baby, there wasn’t a lot of clarity there. Having a medical background I am pretty sure there is more to this than Mayte shared. She was open but selective with what she shared. It was her truth and I hope it helps her and others. And finally, at age 16, when somebody like Prince is writing you letters and calling you from all over the world, and your parents are supporting this, I would think that sets up a pretty strange foundation for a relationship. How does a kid even understand all there is to this type of thing. He was controlling this situation, and really he could have found any dancer he wanted..Mayte is great, but it is very obvious he had something more in mind for this beautiful teenager.

    • Ken Cole

      I agree. Great comment.

  • Ken Cole

    Well, well… I completed this read, then listened to your show. Good opinions all around. Thanks.
    “You’re one for fun in the gloating sun” aren’t you, Mrs. Garcia? While insightful, it is impossible to not read this book without a noticeable air of self-congratulatory bravado. Sorry, this reader viewer interprets this work as opportunistic. Fully acknowledge that she provides context in the prologue that this is “her story”, and it comes across that way without question.

    This book does provide a roadmap, allowing the fan to connect some dots about Prince’s mystical behavior during the early to mid-nineties. To this fan, that time period represents the worst output of his storied career. Now I have a little insight into why that may be.

    • Jana Oregon

      Oh, yes, I also would be interested to hear what was going on during that time frame. Great insight!!

    • Pooh Bugg

      Well well. It’s a bestseller. You’re gonna hear things about Prince good or bad whether you want to or not. Separate the man from the icon. Go Mayte.

  • Purple Army

    Thanks for this podcast. I was still undecided about buying this book and now I think I still won’t get it, at least not now. Not ever getting a chance to hear Prince’s side of the story, good and bad parts, is difficult for me. I say this as an avid reader of books on Prince. I have always loved biographies and especially those about my favorite artist. However, the background on this one makes me a litte less desirious to read it. Nevertheless, more power to all those who read it. I am glad you enjoyed it. I still have a ton of other books about Prince to read and by the time I am done, I may read Mayte’s as well. Thanks again. Your podcasts are excellent and I am always encouraging folks to listen to them.

  • Marianna

    It’s obvious I’m in the minority on this so I’ll be brief, Mayte made mention that the person whoever read or listened to her book would come to dislike Prince afterwards, Personally, I believe that that was her goal the entire time. And whether or not she accomplished that goal is left entirely up to the reader. I’d say just from that statement alone, let’s me know exactly the type of person Mayte really is…Good Day.”