Prince Fans Mourn the End of the Purple Reign

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The world lost a music legend Thursday when Prince died at age 57. The genius behind scores of iconic songs, including "Purple Rain," "Controversy" and "Sign O' the Times," leaves a legacy that crosses and blends musical genres from funk to New Wave. Forum talks with a panel of local musicians about Prince's virtuosity, his revolutionary and optimistic spirit and the impact he had on culture, music and musicians of all kinds.



Adam Theis, trombonist/bassist & bandleader; founded SF music collective Jazz Mafia (2000-2016); director of SFJAZZ Monday Night Band (2013-2016)

Boots Riley, lead vocalist for The Coup and local activist

Gabe Meline, KQED Arts music editor and curator