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Prince's LA Life: Paisley, Politics, and Prophets

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LA Observed has shared a new New Yorker story on legendary music icon Prince, who has been living in Los Angeles for the past two years. Recently the Artist Formerly Known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince played Coachella, declaring as he left the stage: "Coachella will always be Prince's house." Lest he confuse himself or his fans, he actually now calls the "rarefied gated nouveau complex of Beverly Park" here in LA his home.

In the article, Prince talks about religion (he's a Jehovah's Witness who has been known to knock on strangers' doors to proselytize), his business-world cronies (he tells of hosting Staples Center owner Philip Anschutz), and politics (how the reds and the blues are both all wrong).

So how do these worlds collide, outside of Prince's paisley world of yoga-pants, flute music, and purple thrones? From the article:

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When asked about his perspective on social issues—gay marriage, abortion—Prince tapped his Bible and said, “God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough.’ ”

But he's totally cool with, like, "Cream," though, right?Photo of Prince at Coachella 2008 by Joey Maloney/LAist