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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Touré (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Wonderful! Surpassed expectations

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.

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Hot Garbage...Ear Poison

Hot Garbage. Only this clown could make Prince boring. I want to take up arms against the person who recommended this one... but then I remembered that he was a prankster and owed me one.

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Worth a listen for Prince fans.

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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outstanding!!

Absolutely loved this book!
It digs deep into the mind of a genius. Prince will live on forever.

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I didn't like it

Hewas giving his opinion and it was so boring. I didn't like this book so borin

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A great read for the Prince fans

I loved everything about this book. It was funny,educational and I wish it was longer.. I am part of Gen X and the way that he describes the correlation between my generation and prince music makes so much sense

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IS the story about Prince or the author

Would you listen to I Would Die 4 U again? Why?

Narrator tends to give his opinion why too much in this book

Would you be willing to try another one of Touré’s performances?

no

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Focus on Prince and not the author

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bored

I struggled to attempt to finish, but I just can't get interested. Very disappointed. Sigh.

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