Celebrated journalist, TV personality, and award-winning author Touré investigates one of the most enigmatic and fascinating figures in contemporary American culture: Prince.
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 presented 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.
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I am a Gen Xer and a lifelong Prince fan and expert. I found Toure's knowledge of Prince and his research thorough and on point. Toure is also one of the best narrators I have heard in my 8 years as an Audible listener. I highly recommend this book.
I liked this book. After a while the author/reader's manner of speech started to get to me. He has a certain lilt he uses in almost every phrase...a sing-songy thing. It only became annoying because he uses it constantly. You'll see what I mean..., As a very devout Prince fan, I enjoyed hearing the personal stories behind the man. I also like how the author gets into what made Prince so beloved amongst Gen X, and the American social and pop culture history that he explores.
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