By the time this Polaroid was taken during filming of Purple Rain in late 1983, Prince was at a crossroads.
He had lost Vanity, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Dez Dickerson — key components of his Triple Threat strategy to dominate Black radio. The hastily-found substitutions were no match for the personalities they replaced. (The exception being Wendy Melvoin.)
And Michael Jackson moonwalked on national television some nine months earlier.
So, with cracks in his foundation and the risk-taking of a major motion picture, what does a 25-year-old wunderkind do when faced with this level of uncertainty about the future?
He makes “When Doves Cry”.