The Prince Online Museum launched today (4th July), an archive of the ‘Purple Rain’ star’s websites spanning nearly 20 years, which shows the pioneering artists award winning online innovations.
The museum features sites including 3rdEyeGirl.com, 20PR1NC3.com, 3121.com, Lotusflow3r.com, NPGMusicClub.com and 1800Newfun.com, with Prince being responsible for around 20 different sites in 20 years.
The Prince Online Museum was built by a collective of people who worked with him on his online projects, including the NPGMusicClub.com, which closed exactly 10 years ago, after offering music, videos and radio shows to subscribers between 2001 and 2006.
Speaking to Billboard about the Prince Online Museum, director Sam Jennings told Billboard, “We are the originators, we are the experts. It is a labour of love; no money has been exchanged. There will be no downloads sold and no membership fees required. But we do have working versions of almost all of Prince’s official websites.”
An auction of Prince memorabilia that was scheduled before his death in April also saw the iconic silk shirt and blazer he wore in the 1984 film Purple Rain sell for $96k (£72k) each over the weekend.
You can access the Prince Online Museum here.
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