Apply to Become an Archivist Overseeing Prince’s Artifacts & Archival Materials: Applications Are Being Accepted Now

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If all of Prince’s offi­cial releas­es some­how dis­ap­peared from history—no Con­tro­ver­sy, 1999, Pur­ple Rain, Sign o’ the Times, Love­sexy—you could still make a case for him as a sin­gu­lar, if unheard, musi­cal genius based on his mas­sive trove of unre­leased mate­r­i­al alone. At least that’s my the­o­ry, but the evi­dence is some­what lack­ing since we’ve yet to hear much from the noto­ri­ous Pais­ley Park vault. We do know, as Rolling Stone report­ed in 2016, that it’s full of “thou­sands of hours of unheard live and stu­dio material—jams, ran­dom songs and entire albums”…enough mate­r­i­al, it seems, to recre­ate Prince should his career some­how get erased from the time­line.

One for­mer Pais­ley Park employ­ee, Scott LeG­ere, wit­nessed the Pur­ple One’s man­ic ener­gy dur­ing many a long record­ing ses­sion, as he churned out music at a super­hu­man rate, then rel­e­gat­ed much of it, for rea­sons known only to Prince, to the Vault—an actu­al base­ment bank vault “com­plete with a time lock and large spin­ning han­dle.” Only Prince knew the com­bi­na­tion. “At one point,” LeG­ere remem­bered, “I was hold­ing tapes and he would beck­on me to come in. I said, ‘Actu­al­ly, sir, I’d rather not. That is your space and your work.’” I don’t know about you, but I prob­a­bly would have gone in. Then again, I’ve nev­er actu­al­ly been to Pais­ley Park and expe­ri­enced what seems to have been a very hum­bling atmos­phere.

As you must have heard by now, the Vault is open, and unre­leased mate­r­i­al has begun to trick­le out, like the orig­i­nal stu­dio record­ing of “Noth­ing Com­pares 2 U,” above with pre­vi­ous­ly unre­leased rehearsal footage of Prince and his band. He “record­ed every part him­self,” writes Jon Par­e­les, as was his cus­tom, “except some back­ing vocals (by Paul Peter­son and Susan­nah Melvoin) and a sax­o­phone solo (by Eric Leeds).” It is, with­out a doubt, “a crescen­do of heartache under­scored by every­day details, a fin­ished song.”

If you’re a Prince fan (and how could you not be?), you’ll have to wait until Sep­tem­ber for the first full album of songs from the Vault. But one lucky per­son with the rel­e­vant skills and expe­ri­ence in archival work and con­ser­va­tion will get the chance to work direct­ly with the mate­ri­als at Pais­ley Park, now a per­ma­nent muse­um, as the Archives Super­vi­sor report­ing to the Direc­tor of Archives. “Some knowl­edge of Prince is help­ful,” the job announce­ment—post­ed on April 12th—specifies.

You’ll have to be pre­pared to work week­ends, hol­i­days, evenings, and over­time. Ben­e­fits are not guar­an­teed but “may be be offered after suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of a six­ty (60) day intro­duc­to­ry peri­od.” You must have a car and “adhere to a pescatar­i­an envi­ron­ment.” I can’t speak to how these con­di­tions com­pare to sim­i­lar kinds of employ­ment, but hey, for the chance to “work in a con­fi­den­tial work area,” includ­ing, we might assume, the mys­te­ri­ous Vault itself, some sac­ri­fices may be worth it. You’ll like­ly get to see and hear, before any­one else, the pro­fu­sion of unre­leased film and audio Prince left behind—a life­time’s worth of work that puts most oth­er musi­cians to shame, stashed away in the base­ment for future gen­er­a­tions to find. You can apply here.

via Rolling Stone

Relat­ed Con­tent:

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Hear Prince’s Per­son­al Playlist of Par­ty Music: 22 Tracks That Will Bring Any Par­ty to Life

Watch Prince Play Jazz Piano & Coach His Band Through George Gershwin’s “Sum­mer­time” in a Can­did, Behind-the-Scenes Moment (1990)

Josh Jones is a writer and musi­cian based in Durham, NC. Fol­low him at @jdmagness

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  • Maria Samayoa says:

    Where is the job locat­ed? Min­neapo­lis?

  • Lillian Davis says:

    Artists works must be care­ful­ly record­ed and archived. I am the first female rock and roll record­ing engi­neer. I am an artist and have worked in art con­ser­va­tion with the Get­ty Muse­um and oth­er orga­ni­za­tions.
    Sav­ing his­to­ry is the most impor­tant job for a con­ser­va­tor, his­to­ri­an.
    I would like to be con­sid­ered for the priv­i­lege of com­pil­ing and orga­niz­ing the best of care of archiv­ing his music and all.

  • Elaine Rizzuto says:

    My stud­ies were in art his­to­ry, but I most­ly work help­ing fam­i­lies sell or auc­tion off antiques and col­lec­tables.

    I would cer­tain­ly like to be con­sid­ered for this priv­i­leged posi­tion. Assist­ing with this incred­i­ble col­lec­tion would tru­ly be a reward­ing expe­ri­ence and knowl­edge.

  • Johnpetrou says:

    I would love this oppor­tu­ni­ty. Have been a fan for 40 years
    Would treat this job with the utmost respect

  • Rho says:

    …“ ‘ADHERE’ to a pescatar­i­an envi­ron­ment”..??
    Hmmm..(?) I am annoy­ing­ly curi­ous as to the actu­al speci­fici­ty of this..“requirement”..?? Is this refer­ring to menu pref­er­ences ?, aquar­i­um main­te­nance..??, social sanc­tions..???, manda­to­ry sub­mer­sion..???.., or is this falling into a “need to know” grey area..?? …Is this a “risky”, and/or “dan­ger­ous” posi­tion..?? ..Will Sharks or oth­er sim­i­lar­ly aggres­sive aquat­ic species be includ­ed in the appli­cants purview..?? Will hel­mets, and oth­er appro­pri­ate safe­ty gear be pro­vid­ed.., or will these items be the appli­cants respon­si­bil­i­ty..? Please advise.

  • Irene Rodriguez says:

    I applied to Pais­ley Park pre­vi­ous­ly how­ev­er, I’m more inter­est­ed in our Prince’s Wardrobe. I was one of Prince’s first Tai­lors in 1980 (and the Rev­o­lu­tion). I’ve been a cer­ti­fied Tai­lor for 45 years. I design Cou­ture Cloth­ing. I am owner,designer of OMG Wardrobe in Min­neapo­lis. Irene Rodriquez

  • Cappie R. Hall says:

    I have ABSOLUTELY no pri­or expe­ri­ence, but I have a keene ear for music and the abil­i­ty to learn quick­ly. Just the type of per­son P would have hired.

  • Laura Whittaker says:

    I have been, and will for­ev­er be a Prince fan! He sang the sound­track of my life! His music was/is/and will be rel­e­vant for all time! His lega­cy must be held true.
    Noth­ing is more impor­tant than the doc­u­men­ta­tion and record­ing of things that have been. Mankind learns from its His­to­ry and there will nev­er be anoth­er Mas­ter musi­cian such as Prince.
    I have an out­stand­ing eye for detail and am a metic­u­lous work­er. It would be an hon­our and priv­i­lege to ensure every piece of Prince’s life, music, per­son­al items, cos­tumes, etc. are pre­served for all time.
    I’m excit­ed to receive your reply.

  • Rosa (Casarez) Griffith says:

    WOW 💜2U. ROSA from Detroit

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