In This Episode

Susan Rogers is a professor at Berklee College of Music who broke gender norms by becoming one of the few female audio engineers in the 1980s. Her life took a sudden turn when she joined Prince’s team and went on to engineer Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, and Sign ‘O’ The Times. This episode focuses on her time with Prince and her stories of him as a boss, an artist, and human being. Part 2 focuses on her work at Berklee and why women face different challenges than men do in their careers.

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Show Notes

In this episode, one of a two-part series, Susan reveals:

  • Her awkward first run-in with his Royal Badness
  • Why Prince loved and preferred to work with women
  • How she and The Revolution got through Prince’s death

And don’t forget about The Shakedown, a standard set of questions we ask all of our special guests!

This episode was recorded remotely using Zoom.


Host: Thea Wood
Production: Thea Wood
Voiceover: Cathryn Wood

Photo credits:

  • Sign o’ the Times tour, 1987 — Ruud Schouten
  • Odds, Vancouver, 1991 — Doug Elliott
  • In New Zealand
  • Red Bull Music Academy, 2016
  • Headshot — Jandro Cisneros

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