Portfolio Category: Books

THIS THING CALLED LIFE Prince’s Odyssey, On and Off the Record

Neal's memoir of his 31-year friendship of Prince will be published by St. Martin’s Press in October 2020. Neal was the only journalist Prince granted in-depth press interviews to for over a dozen years, from before Purple Rain to when the artist changed his name to an unpronounceable glyph.

Augie’s Secrets: The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip

There's an old Yiddish saying: two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead. But two living people could keep a secret—as long as one of them was Augie. Augie Ratner, the proprietor of Augie's Theater Lounge & Bar on Hennepin Avenue, was the unofficial mayor of Minneapolis's downtown strip in the…

Babes in Toyland The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band

An eye-opening glimpse inside the world of contemporary rock music describes the discovery of a Minneapolis female band and follows them through the process of signing with a record label, recording a first album, and marketing and promoting their music. Buy Babes in Toyland