Prince has some strong advice for fans hoping to follow in his footsteps - stay out of the music industry and embark on a more spiritual life instead.
The Purple Rain rocker, who became a Jehovah's Witness four years ago (00), now has control of all of his own music following a much-publicised battle with Warner Brothers, and advises young aspiring musicians to steer clear of the "system".
He says, "Stay out of the music industry, stay out of the system. Be revolutionary.
"Some of these young kids say they want to follow me. Well, if you do, then get your spiritual life together if you want your relationships to go right, and it will happen."
He also advises musicians to strive for the musical independence that he has now achieved so they can own their own songs.
He adds, "I'm a writer. Stephen King is a writer. Can I take a page out of his book and call it PRINCE'S SHINING? Can I take a scene out of a movie and call it my own?
"They say the law helps the writers. I don't need help; I don't need your money. Let us steward our own music."02/09/2004 02:26