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Prince’s Pioneering Internet Presence Has Its Own Museum

Music

Prince’s Pioneering Internet Presence Has Its Own Museum

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Just two months after his tragic passing, an official online archive celebrating Prince’s Internet legacy, which was way ahead of its time, has been created. Built by a group of people, who all at one point worked directly with the “Purple Rain” icon, the Prince Online Museum timelines Prince’s 16 different websites dating back to 1994.

“We [launched] with over a dozen of Prince’s most popular sites, but over 20 years online, Prince launched nearly 20 different websites, maintained a dozen different social media presences, participated in countless online chats, and directly connected with fans around the world,” said Museum Director, Sam Jennings.”This Museum is an archive of that work and a reminder of everything he accomplished as an independent artist with the support of his vibrant and dedicated online community.”

Prince used the Internet to link directly with his fans and distribute music to the public in a pioneering way that was largely untouched by most artists at the time, but served as a model for musicians on the web today. Users can tour and interact with all of Prince’s sites like Lotusflow3r or his streaming service NPG Music Club, and discover the concepts that inspired them. Despite Prince’s skepticism about the Internet, the Prince Online Museum unpacks yet another reason the artist was a trailblazer of our time.

You can explore the rest of the online museum, here.