Jonathan Mannion’s Reasonable Doubt pop-up show isn’t the only example of a music retrospective 20 years in the making. Yesterday, the Prince Online Museum officially launched, giving fans of the late icon a tour of both active Prince websites and defunct digital projects from the last two decades.
The new Prince Online Museum features digital archives, video tours, and more from 12 out of almost 20 total websites and online projects from Prince, dating as far back as The Dawn (1996) and 1997’s Crystal Ball – the first CD distributed exclusively online. There’s even a glimpse at the artist’s Prince Interactive project (1994), which featured interactive multimedia CDs with content that wasn’t yet possible on the web.
Sam Jennings, former webmaster of Prince’s NPG Music Club subscription service (2001-2006), is responsible for the museum opening its digital doors to the public. “The Museum was built by the people who worked directly with Prince on these projects,” said Jennings in a Billboard interview. Assuring fans that the Prince Online Museum is a not-for-profit venture that’s poorly done to honor the fallen music legend, Jennings adds, “We are the originators, we are the experts. It is a labor of love, no money has been exchanged. There will be no downloads sold and no membership fees required.”
In addition to all the positive notes that come with launching a free online archive dedicated to Prince, the museum also supports #YesWeCode, an organization that aims to help place low-opportunity young adults in high-paying careers in tech.
The following is a list of Prince websites and online projects that fans can pursue when visiting the Prince Online Museum:
NPG Music Club v1 (2001), screen gallery
TheDawn.com (1996), screen gallery
Prince Interactive (1994), walkthrough
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