Gary Graff

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in Detroit. In addition to Billboard,, and, he also writes regularly for the New York Times Features Syndicate, Journal Register Newspapers, Revolver, Music Connection, United Stations Radio Networks and more, and for radio stations in Detroit and Milwaukee. He has written books about Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, rock 'n' roll myths and other subjects.

. Prince 2016

Prince Talks Artistic Freedom & the Future of Music in 2004 Interview: 'I Ain't Going Nowhere'

Prince was never what you'd call a press-friendly artist. And rest assured, that's an understatement. He avoided all those toting pads, pens and recorders like a kind of plague. Some of it was undoubtedly about being shy -- and distrustful. And some of it was just not feeling like he had to explain himself. Prince -- who was found dead Thursday (April 21) at age 57 -- let the music do the talking, and given his prolific nature, there was certainly plenty to talk, and write, about.