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I would die 4 u : why Prince became an icon

by Touré, 1971-

Format: Print Book 2013
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Celebrated journalist, TV personality, and award-winning author Touré investigates one of the most enigmatic and fascinating figures in contemporary American culture: Prince.

Celebrated journalist, TV personality, and award-winning author Touré investigates one of the most enigmatic and fascinating figures in contemporary American culture:


Drawing on new research and enlivened by Touré's unique pop-cultural fluency, I Would Die 4 U relies on surprising and in-depth interviews with Prince's band members, former girlfriends, musicologists, and even Bible scholars to deconstruct the artist's life and work.

Prince's baby boomer status allowed him to play a wise older brother to the latchkey kids of generation X. Defying traditional categories of race, gender, and sexuality, he nonetheless presents a very traditional conception of religion and God in his music. He was an MTV megastar and a religious evangelist, using images of sex and profanity to invite us into a musical conversation about the healing power of God. By demystifying the man and his music, I Would Die 4 U shows us how Prince defined a generation.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Through interviews with Prince's current and former band members, managers, notable musicians, and musicologists, Toure (Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?) presents an eclectic portrait of the musician and composer. A pop star uniquely suited to speak to the alienation and sexuality of generation X, Prince is also deeply religious, and, in his personal and professional life, emotionally distant. He was precocious and ambitious from a very early age, a latch-key kid whose extreme devotion to music served as an escape from a dysfunctional upbringing. This later translated to intense and complicated relationships with his backing bands over the years, as well as difficulty forming intimate relationships. Highly conscious of his public persona as a "hypersexual trickster" in touch with his femininity, Prince employed "a plethora of identity idioms to break free of the conventions and strictures of Black male identity." However, Toure makes the case that his music has always been a "collision of the spiritual and profane," as rife with sexuality as with profound, sincerely held religious images. In this sense, even his most iconic, memorable hits- such as "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry"-come from "the most badass preacher that pop music has ever seen." (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Prince.
Rock musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Atria Books,2013
Edition 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
Other Titles I would die for you
Language English
Notes "This book is based on a three part lecture given by Touré for the Alan LeRoy Locke Lecture Series"--T.p. verso.
Description 163 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [151]-153) and index.
ISBN 9781476705491 (hardcover)
1476705496 (hardcover)
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