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Thread started 01/16/13 10:17pm

SoulSplash

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New Book: I Would Die 4 U by Touré (3/19/13)

Book info: http://www.amazon.com/Wou...ld+die+4+u

Previous posts about this:
1) http://prince.org/msg/7/377582 (March 2012)
2) http://prince.org/msg/5/385708 (August 2012)



I got an advanced copy of this book yesterday, and read it all last night. It's a bit different than we've seen before. It really tries to get into the head of Prince, using his own words (from interviews spanning decades, along with his own lyrics) and interviews with those who were/are closest to him (Dez Dickerson, Eric Leeds, Susan Rogers, Mayte, high school teachers, etc).

I won't say it's the best book written about Prince (though apparently ?uestlove did); I'll just say it's different, in a good way. It's very well-written... carefully written -- a truly fascinating read about human development, cultural influences, what we do with what we've been dealt, passion and determination, conflict and resolution, battling inner turmoil, finding spiritual peace, and more.

It doesn't get into actual songcrafting as much as it attempts to explain "why" certain songs were crafted. Yeah, a lot of this you've heard before (the story about the magnificent "Wally" being erased forever), but I don't think you've ever seen the pieces of this enigmatic puzzle (Prince) assembled to fit together quite so nicely as this. Whereas past books could really get you angry at some of Prince's actions ("how could he be such a jerk!"), this book attempts to explain (not necessarily justify) the "why" of Prince's actions. The big picture becomes more clear.

After reading this, I feel I have a better understanding of Prince as a person... a human. Of course, some of you could care less ("just play me a song, alright?"), but for the rest of us that seem to feel some kind of connection with Prince beyond the music (especially if you've grown up relating to him in some way), I think you're going to dig this. Plus, I think it'll also help us discover something we previously misunderstood about ourselves.


+++soulsplash ~ keep the vibe alive

[Edited 1/16/13 22:40pm]

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Reply #1 posted 01/16/13 10:41pm

MaxiMPact

Yeahhhhhhhhh....not right now.................I need to purchase my university prescribe texts first.......maybe if i find it in the mark down bin at KMart........

These books on Prince by so called Prince experts are getting a bit tiresome.......tell me something I dont know..............................................

Prehaps something along the lines of psychoanalysis of Camille and his trans gender ambiguousities/ ecentiricities might interest me..............it rubs the lotion on its skin...................yep

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Reply #2 posted 01/17/13 2:29am

SuperSoulFight
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Sounds good. If I were to buy another book about the man, it would have to tell me something I don't already know. This one seems promising reading
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Reply #3 posted 01/17/13 6:37am

Graycap23

I was all ready 2 purchase.............but not until March.

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Reply #4 posted 01/18/13 9:20am

paisleysoul

Lookin forward to this -last book was a boring -I could only get thru half.
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Reply #5 posted 01/18/13 1:18pm

studal

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Actually looking forward to this.

I remember reading Prince A documentary by Per Nilsen way back in 1990. I was enthralled. Somehow anything since then never compared

Looking for a new man. Freaks need not apply. Freeeks can tho ;-p
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Reply #6 posted 01/18/13 1:42pm

babynoz

I'm curious to see if Toure' is really a good writer and if his insights are accurate. I wonder if the library will have a copy?

Prince, in you I found a kindred spirit...Rest In Paradise.
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