In a previous post, I listed the movie titles from Prince’s DVD collection. I have compiled a list of books that were found at Paisley Park.

Since his passing I’ve wanted to know what books he read. To know his mind, how he formed his opinions, one should refer to the original source material, such as what books he read. I knew that he read some of David Icke’s books, but I was curious to know more. Seeing that it had a copy of Art Bell’s book, it confirmed to me that he was a Coast To Coast AM listener, a late night radio show about the paranormal. Authors like David Icke and Stephen Quayle were often guests on the show.

People often say things like Prince “knew so much”. That is because he spent the time to learn about obscure topics and developed his own view of the world using critical thinking skills. He took responsibility for his own knowledge and understanding. He only had a high school diploma, but he was a life long student.

You can tell a lot by what a person spends their time reading or watching. You can tell by the titles that Prince’s taste in books were of the spiritual and political kind. He was a life long learner, looking for the truth. The copy of Rilke’s poetry was found in his bedside table underneath a notepad.

Aside from these books, copies of the New World Translation Bible, and the English Dictionary and Thesaurus were found in different areas around Paisley Park. P was very interested in the origin of words and their meaning. He would often spend time examining the lexicon of words. Some of these books were found on in his office underneath a shelf covered with photos family photos. His original copy of 21 Nights was among the books.

Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
Neil Postman

The Quickening: Today’s Trends, Tomorrow’s World
Art Bell

Genesis 6 Giants Volume 2 Master Builders of Prehistoric and Ancient Civilizations
Stephen Quayle

Tutankhamun: The Exodus Conspiracy – The Truth Behind Archaeology’s Greatest Mystery
Andrew Collins and Chris Ogilvie-Herald

Forced into Glory
Lerone Bennett Jr.

The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyages of Vasco Da Gama
Nigel Cliff

Chariots of the Gods
Erich von Däniken

Women, Race and Class
Angela Davis

A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America
David K. Shipler

Naked Pictures of Famous People
Jon Stewart

Inside the Music: Conversations with Contemporary Musicians about Spirituality, Creativity, and Consciousness|
Dimitri Ehrlich

Funk: Third Ear – The Essential Listening Companion
Dave Thompson

Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties: Translations and Considerations
Rainer Maria Rilke, John J.L. Mood

Image above: “Prince’s office” by Carver County.

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