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Thread started 04/16/17 7:17am

jcurley

who is Dr Funkberry

Hi
Searched n couldn't find answers. Read his very sad Twitter feed today...breaks your heart

Oh God Prince...x
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Reply #1 posted 04/16/17 8:18am

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He's a fan who got close to Prince. He says he considered Prince a friend. He often had news about upcoming events, releases, etc., and it was probably safe to assume he got it straight from Prince, or someone just as close to Prince at Paisley Park.

He was the first I read about the 2014 WB deal for distributing AOA/PE, and a deluxe Purple Rain due that year. At times, he'd also have exclusive audio on his site from a rehearsal or soundcheck.

As far as anyone's Twitter feed in the next week, I'm staying away from it. Too much melodrama with fans. It's almost like they'd rather garner sympathy, than stay unselfish and focus on Prince's legacy. Someone on FB last night posted about how they fell to their knees in a store and cried (REALLY?) then somehow drove home, and their son got them into the house, then they were on the floor wailing and pitching a fit etc. And this was just during the plane incident. It was so over the top. I copied it and quoted it on my FB. Hardcore fans like me read it and were like "WTF? People are dying in Syria, and there's violence at Berkley, but you're huffin' and puffin' in a Walmart about Prince's plane landing?"

So, while everyone has a story to share, and it's their right to do so, I'm stayin' away from it. Especially folks like Funkenberry. Not because he's melodramatic. He's not. But he was close to Prince, and it's those feeds I don't care to read. That's when it becomes more personal. It's too heavy, for me. Others might find comfort in it, though, and that's cool. (Especially ol' girl who apparently went 5150 on aisle 17.)

PS Dr. Funkenberry on Instagram is cool. He posts some cool pics of Prince stuff sometimes. Scroll through his feed.

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #2 posted 04/16/17 11:46am

kaine

He has a celebrity site and Prince was probably his top cover. And P liked the way he covered him so they did a lot of business together in terms of Funkenberry covering him and putting out stuff that P requested he get out to the peoples. They basically had sort of a PR relationship but were sort of cool as well. Even though it seems Funkenberry smartly kept his distance so he wouldn't burn that bridge as most that got too close would end up doing. Either by their choice or by P's. To me it seems he has always done right by P. So I appreciate the work he has put in and the coverage.
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Reply #3 posted 04/16/17 4:02pm

JoeyCococo

A very well connected fan from what I understand. He seemed to have the inside scoop because somehow he got in with Prince and the inner circle. While I think he sometimes gets into gossipy stuff...i feel he really does mean well and is protective of the legacy.
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Reply #4 posted 04/16/17 4:44pm

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Stan
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Reply #5 posted 04/16/17 5:33pm

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Reply #6 posted 04/16/17 6:40pm

tab32792

TrivialPursuit said:

He's a fan who got close to Prince. He says he considered Prince a friend. He often had news about upcoming events, releases, etc., and it was probably safe to assume he got it straight from Prince, or someone just as close to Prince at Paisley Park.

He was the first I read about the 2014 WB deal for distributing AOA/PE, and a deluxe Purple Rain due that year. At times, he'd also have exclusive audio on his site from a rehearsal or soundcheck.

As far as anyone's Twitter feed in the next week, I'm staying away from it. Too much melodrama with fans. It's almost like they'd rather garner sympathy, than stay unselfish and focus on Prince's legacy. Someone on FB last night posted about how they fell to their knees in a store and cried (REALLY?) then somehow drove home, and their son got them into the house, then they were on the floor wailing and pitching a fit etc. And this was just during the plane incident. It was so over the top. I copied it and quoted it on my FB. Hardcore fans like me read it and were like "WTF? People are dying in Syria, and there's violence at Berkley, but you're huffin' and puffin' in a Walmart about Prince's plane landing?"

So, while everyone has a story to share, and it's their right to do so, I'm stayin' away from it. Especially folks like Funkenberry. Not because he's melodramatic. He's not. But he was close to Prince, and it's those feeds I don't care to read. That's when it becomes more personal. It's too heavy, for me. Others might find comfort in it, though, and that's cool. (Especially ol' girl who apparently went 5150 on aisle 17.)

PS Dr. Funkenberry on Instagram is cool. He posts some cool pics of Prince stuff sometimes. Scroll through his feed.

lmao i'm sorry to even laugh at this but it's funny to me. i understand a person meaning a lot and influencing another but just reading a lot of this stuff whenever it pertains to a celebrity or musician and it's like...do some people need real help? it's scary and at times seems unhealthy.

but anyway, i was sad for a while. i do hate that he isn't here anymore but i believe he's in a much better place than here and i'll continue to celebrate him by listening to the music, watching the footage and learning instruments.

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Reply #7 posted 04/16/17 7:50pm

Asenath0607

Well I hate to admit it but I cried, no dropping to my knees in public, and on more than one occassion; and I don't even consider myself a hard core fan. I am in a better place with it now, but I think I am going to also do a media blackout this week.

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Reply #8 posted 04/16/17 8:02pm

Ingela

Mostly a jerk.
Tried listening to him interview Jerome Benton. Before he even gets to the interview he starts, he spends 10 full minutes being a douche.

Click.

The man has issues. We all do but stfu about it if you're doing a podcast that's not about you.
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Reply #9 posted 04/16/17 8:03pm

klick2me

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Doc is cool. Listen to his podcast, such great insight. I believe he is J7 on the org.
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Reply #10 posted 04/16/17 8:32pm

Purpleone4Eva

Ingela said:

Mostly a jerk. Tried listening to him interview Jerome Benton. Before he even gets to the interview he starts, he spends 10 full minutes being a douche. Click. The man has issues. We all do but stfu about it if you're doing a podcast that's not about you.


That was the first time I tuned into his podcast and good lord. Seemed really self important. Offering his services to the estate as a representative of the fans, please. rolleyes I couldnt' get through it. Just seemed like a male Prince geek who would spend a conversation with another fan correcting your dates and acting like he knew Prince's true wants and desires intimately.

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Reply #11 posted 04/16/17 8:43pm

Ingela

Purpleone4Eva said:



Ingela said:


Mostly a jerk. Tried listening to him interview Jerome Benton. Before he even gets to the interview he starts, he spends 10 full minutes being a douche. Click. The man has issues. We all do but stfu about it if you're doing a podcast that's not about you.


That was the first time I tuned into his podcast and good lord. Seemed really self important. Offering his services to the estate as a representative of the fans, please. rolleyes I couldnt' get through it. Just seemed like a male Prince geek who would spend a conversation with another fan correcting your dates and acting like he knew Prince's true wants and desires intimately.




Yeah listen The Prince Podcast instead. Probably the best Prince podcast. Nice people who listen and let their guests speak. I have thoroughly enjoyed these guys talk to Eric Leeds and Susan Rodgers and learned a lot. I even grew to love Eric. I was always ambivalent about him but he charmed the pants off me because the hosts were smart enough to let them talk and tell us what they wanted to share without interrupting them.

The Funkenberry guy wants to put his 2 cents in every second and cut off his guests with inane self important isht.
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Reply #12 posted 04/17/17 5:03am

cbarnes3121

He thinks he know more about prince than the people who were actually there with prince.prince probably allowed him to promo for him but really get personal and share his life hell no. He comes across as stupid and if u listen to the Jerome Benton interview in a nice way Jerome basically let him know I was there living it with prince while u were wishing
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Reply #13 posted 04/17/17 5:25am

rogifan

TrivialPursuit said:

He's a fan who got close to Prince. He says he considered Prince a friend. He often had news about upcoming events, releases, etc., and it was probably safe to assume he got it straight from Prince, or someone just as close to Prince at Paisley Park.

He was the first I read about the 2014 WB deal for distributing AOA/PE, and a deluxe Purple Rain due that year. At times, he'd also have exclusive audio on his site from a rehearsal or soundcheck.

As far as anyone's Twitter feed in the next week, I'm staying away from it. Too much melodrama with fans. It's almost like they'd rather garner sympathy, than stay unselfish and focus on Prince's legacy. Someone on FB last night posted about how they fell to their knees in a store and cried (REALLY?) then somehow drove home, and their son got them into the house, then they were on the floor wailing and pitching a fit etc. And this was just during the plane incident. It was so over the top. I copied it and quoted it on my FB. Hardcore fans like me read it and were like "WTF? People are dying in Syria, and there's violence at Berkley, but you're huffin' and puffin' in a Walmart about Prince's plane landing?"

So, while everyone has a story to share, and it's their right to do so, I'm stayin' away from it. Especially folks like Funkenberry. Not because he's melodramatic. He's not. But he was close to Prince, and it's those feeds I don't care to read. That's when it becomes more personal. It's too heavy, for me. Others might find comfort in it, though, and that's cool. (Especially ol' girl who apparently went 5150 on aisle 17.)

PS Dr. Funkenberry on Instagram is cool. He posts some cool pics of Prince stuff sometimes. Scroll through his feed.


Oh man FB is nuts. I see fans doing live feeds talking about their emotional state as they're getting ready to fly to Minnesota for PP events. This week is going to be melancholy for me for sure but some of this stuff is just too over the top.
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Reply #14 posted 04/17/17 8:05am

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Oh man FB is nuts. I see fans doing live feeds talking about their emotional state as they're getting ready to fly to Minnesota for PP events. This week is going to be melancholy for me for sure but some of this stuff is just too over the top.


I agree. I know some folks see me as a harsh voice against the melodrama, but goddamn it - stop the melodrama. Life is what you make it. And if folks expect to be broken down, and wrought with emotion turmoil, then they will be.

I'm all for grieving and walking through the pain. I've certainly been on my own journey. Sometimes I'm like "This is it, these are the cards on the table, this is the hand I have to play". But there are those "WTF did you do man? Why did you do that to yourself???" times too. They don't last long, because even Prince didn't stay in the past, so why should any of us?

I could sit here and say "No one loved Prince more than I did", and I'd be right. So would every other person saying the same thing. We all feel this pain. But to purposely start burning black candles all week, spilling unnecessary tears on their CD collections, buying everything purple at Dollar Tree, and making a big bruhaha of it all is, as Iyanla Vanzant said, drama with a capital D.

For me, it's so fucking disrespectful to not only have this "Celebration" on the weekend of his death, but to fucking plan to be sad. "Oh, I know it's going to be hard!" No you don't. You make it hard. You can choose to be happy, to be joyful, and maneuver in gratitude. It's almost like everyone wants the attention to be on them for their grieving, instead on Prince's incredible legacy. Selfish.

To go on FB and do these stupid ass live videos, and say "I dread the day, I'm planning but not ready for it, OMG it's going to be so bad!" - STFU. It's too much. And the ol' girl falling down in a store, whimpering her way home from the store and being helped into the house then being in a ball on the floor (she also scared her kids, by her own admission), is just utter nonsense. THEN, even once she heard he was okay, she said "No he's not. It's not good." I'm like, are you wishing death on Prince? You're not a psychic, you're just a drama queen. It dishonors him and his legacy.

My mother died April 21, 2012. Every year, the day is sorta difficult of course. I'm not emotionless, but I've never just sat and purposely made myself sad over it. There's no celebration in mourning. There's no honor in suffering for the dead. The dead don't care.

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #15 posted 04/17/17 8:37am

jcurley

Thx y'all
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Reply #16 posted 04/17/17 9:37am

jcurley

TrivialPursuit said:

He's a fan who got close to Prince. He says he considered Prince a friend. He often had news about upcoming events, releases, etc., and it was probably safe to assume he got it straight from Prince, or someone just as close to Prince at Paisley Park.

He was the first I read about the 2014 WB deal for distributing AOA/PE, and a deluxe Purple Rain due that year. At times, he'd also have exclusive audio on his site from a rehearsal or soundcheck.

As far as anyone's Twitter feed in the next week, I'm staying away from it. Too much melodrama with fans. It's almost like they'd rather garner sympathy, than stay unselfish and focus on Prince's legacy. Someone on FB last night posted about how they fell to their knees in a store and cried (REALLY?) then somehow drove home, and their son got them into the house, then they were on the floor wailing and pitching a fit etc. And this was just during the plane incident. It was so over the top. I copied it and quoted it on my FB. Hardcore fans like me read it and were like "WTF? People are dying in Syria, and there's violence at Berkley, but you're huffin' and puffin' in a Walmart about Prince's plane landing?"

So, while everyone has a story to share, and it's their right to do so, I'm stayin' away from it. Especially folks like Funkenberry. Not because he's melodramatic. He's not. But he was close to Prince, and it's those feeds I don't care to read. That's when it becomes more personal. It's too heavy, for me. Others might find comfort in it, though, and that's cool. (Especially ol' girl who apparently went 5150 on aisle 17.)

PS Dr. Funkenberry on Instagram is cool. He posts some cool pics of Prince stuff sometimes. Scroll through his feed.



Ha blimey. You seemed to need to get that out of your system!
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Reply #17 posted 04/17/17 10:17am

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jcurley said:

Hi Searched n couldn't find answers. Read his very sad Twitter feed today...breaks your heart Oh God Prince...x

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No wonder considering you couldn't even manage to get his name correct.

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Reply #18 posted 04/17/17 10:52am

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jcurley said:


Ha blimey. You seemed to need to get that out of your system!


Eh, there was nothing in my system. It's just me being verbose. I actually have no real investment in him one way or the other. I don't hate him, nor do I think he's the IT guy. But, he was close to Prince, so I'd trust his word over a random news article most times.

He noted the other day how Prince had him put out 411 on the concert/hang out gig right after the plane incident, at Paisley Park. He wrote a story about it on ...Instagram I think.

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #19 posted 04/17/17 11:35am

justAmeda

TrivialPursuit said:

rogifan said:


Oh man FB is nuts. I see fans doing live feeds talking about their emotional state as they're getting ready to fly to Minnesota for PP events. This week is going to be melancholy for me for sure but some of this stuff is just too over the top.


I agree. I know some folks see me as a harsh voice against the melodrama, but goddamn it - stop the melodrama. Life is what you make it. And if folks expect to be broken down, and wrought with emotion turmoil, then they will be.

I'm all for grieving and walking through the pain. I've certainly been on my own journey. Sometimes I'm like "This is it, these are the cards on the table, this is the hand I have to play". But there are those "WTF did you do man? Why did you do that to yourself???" times too. They don't last long, because even Prince didn't stay in the past, so why should any of us?

I could sit here and say "No one loved Prince more than I did", and I'd be right. So would every other person saying the same thing. We all feel this pain. But to purposely start burning black candles all week, spilling unnecessary tears on their CD collections, buying everything purple at Dollar Tree, and making a big bruhaha of it all is, as Iyanla Vanzant said, drama with a capital D.

For me, it's so fucking disrespectful to not only have this "Celebration" on the weekend of his death, but to fucking plan to be sad. "Oh, I know it's going to be hard!" No you don't. You make it hard. You can choose to be happy, to be joyful, and maneuver in gratitude. It's almost like everyone wants the attention to be on them for their grieving, instead on Prince's incredible legacy. Selfish.

To go on FB and do these stupid ass live videos, and say "I dread the day, I'm planning but not ready for it, OMG it's going to be so bad!" - STFU. It's too much. And the ol' girl falling down in a store, whimpering her way home from the store and being helped into the house then being in a ball on the floor (she also scared her kids, by her own admission), is just utter nonsense. THEN, even once she heard he was okay, she said "No he's not. It's not good." I'm like, are you wishing death on Prince? You're not a psychic, you're just a drama queen. It dishonors him and his legacy.

My mother died April 21, 2012. Every year, the day is sorta difficult of course. I'm not emotionless, but I've never just sat and purposely made myself sad over it. There's no celebration in mourning. There's no honor in suffering for the dead. The dead don't care.

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Reply #20 posted 04/18/17 4:04am

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BartVanHemelen said:

jcurley said:

Hi Searched n couldn't find answers. Read his very sad Twitter feed today...breaks your heart Oh God Prince...x

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No wonder considering you couldn't even manage to get his name correct.

BVH is a pain the arse but bloody hell he does make me laugh at times!

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Reply #21 posted 04/18/17 4:07am

ThisOne

The good Dr is female - well that's what I always thought
Art Of.... sour lemon cake lol !!!!!
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Reply #22 posted 04/18/17 8:54am

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ThisOne said:

The good Dr is female - well that's what I always thought


Dr. Funkenberry is a girl? Uh, LOL - no. Have you never checked his Instagram or site? He has posted selfies before.

But I mean let's face it, we're all women hanging around Prince. smile

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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Reply #23 posted 04/18/17 2:55pm

ThisOne

TrivialPursuit said:



ThisOne said:


The good Dr is female - well that's what I always thought


Dr. Funkenberry is a girl? Uh, LOL - no. Have you never checked his Instagram or site? He has posted selfies before.

But I mean let's face it, we're all women hanging around Prince. smile



I don't have instragram lol !

I believed it was a woman because I could feel the love in many articles lol lol lol lol lol
Art Of.... sour lemon cake lol !!!!!
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Reply #24 posted 04/18/17 4:39pm

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ThisOne said:

TrivialPursuit said:


Dr. Funkenberry is a girl? Uh, LOL - no. Have you never checked his Instagram or site? He has posted selfies before.

But I mean let's face it, we're all women hanging around Prince. smile

I don't have instragram lol ! I believed it was a woman because I could feel the love in many articles lol lol lol lol lol


You don't need Instagram to view it. http://www.instagram.com/drfunkenberry

Just when U think U've got more than enough, that's when it all up and flies away.
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