I Would Die 4 U

Why Prince Became an Icon


eBook - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
I Would Die 4 U
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.

ISBN: 1476705542


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Nov 10, 2013
  • Kebabette rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was an unexpected find, and a gem. I can't believe how much information and ideas it packed into its slender frame. It is about Prince, but it is also about culture. "And when America's guard was down ... Prince eased out his Bible & said, let me also tell you about my Lord & savior, Jesus Christ." Best ending of a music book ever.

Aug 20, 2013

"Examines the life, work, and cultural influence of the celebrated and controversial singer, songwriter, musician, and pop-culture icon." August 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=667868


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