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Thread started 08/24/19 8:16am

BartVanHemelen

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New book: "Prince and Popular Music: Critical Perspectives on an Interdisciplinary Life"

https://www.bloomsbury.co...501354656/

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Prince's position in popular culture has undergone only limited academic scrutiny. This book provides an academic examination of Prince, encompassing the many layers of his cultural and creative impact. It assesses Prince's life and legacy holistically, exploring his multiple identities and the ways in which they were manifested through his recorded catalogue and audiovisual personae. In 16 essays organized thematically, the anthology includes a diverse range of contributions - taking ethnographic, musicological, sociological, gender studies and cultural studies approaches to analysing Prince's career.

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Table of contents

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Introduction -- Mike Alleyne and Kirsty Fairclough

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Part 1: Sound & Vision

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1 Baby, I'm a Star -- Jason Wood, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

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2 Under The Cherry Moon: Prince As His Most Authentic Self -- De Angela L. Duff, New York University, USA

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3 Before the Rain, 1980-1984: How Prince Got 'The Look' -- Casci Ritchie, Independent scholar, UK

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4 “Prettyman in the Mirror: Dandyism in Prince's Minneapolis -- Karen Turman, Harvard University, USA

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5 The Sound of Purple: Prince and the Development of Minneapolis Sound -- Maciej Smólka, Jagiellonian University, Poland

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Part 2: Guitar, Cover Art & Performance

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6 Glam Slammed: Visual Identity in Prince's Lovesexy -- Kirsty Fairclough, University of Salford, UK, & Mike Alleyne, Middle Tennessee State University, USA

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7 For You: The Neglected Guitar Style of Prince -- Michael Ugrich, University of South Dakota, USA

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8 To Make Purple, You Need Blue: Prince as Embodiment of the Postmodern Blues Aesthetic -- Tom Attah, Leeds Arts University, UK

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Part 3: Gender

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9 Re-Imagining Masculinity: Prince's Impact on Millennial Attitudes Regarding Gender Expression -- Natalie Clifford, Independent scholar, USA

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10 "We Can't Hate You, Because We Love You': A Look at Prince, Queerness, Misogyny and Feminism -- Leah Stone McDaniel, Independent scholar, and Shannan Wilson, Virginia Union University, USA

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11 "Flying Aboard the Seduction 747": Prince, Humour and Horizontal Erotics -- Annie Potts, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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12 When Were You Mine? Prince's Legacy in the Context of Transgender History -- Joy Ellison, Ohio State University, USA

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Part 4: Politics & Race

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13 Prince: Introduction of a New Breed Leader -- Kamilah Cummings, DePaul University, USA

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14 “Microchip in Your Neck”: Prince's “War” -- Zack Stiegler, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

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15 Prince: Conscious and Strategic Representations of Race -- Twila L. Perry, Rutgers University School of Law, USA

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16 It's All About What's in Your Mind: The Origins of Prince's Political Consciousness -- Crystal N. Wise, University of Michigan, USA

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Reply #1 posted 08/24/19 9:20am

PurpleYoda3121

God damn I wish I could afford this

U fall in love 2 fast and hate 2 soon
And take 4 granted the feeling’s mutual
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Reply #2 posted 08/27/19 3:13am

SanMartin

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Nice to see Prince getting some more academic attention. Obviously the book is mostly aimed at university libraries (look at that price tag), but it might be worth Googling whether any of these researchers have shared their ideas through blog posts or newspaper articles.

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Reply #3 posted 08/27/19 9:25am

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SanMartin said:

Nice to see Prince getting some more academic attention. Obviously the book is mostly aimed at university libraries (look at that price tag), but it might be worth Googling whether any of these researchers have shared their ideas through blog posts or newspaper articles.

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Yeah, forget the cost of tuition; the price of textbooks alone now makes education unaffordable. razz This looks like a very interesting read though...

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #4 posted 08/29/19 8:56am

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I assume anybody taking a class where this book is required will be smart enough to keep it. This is awesome!
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Reply #5 posted 08/30/19 6:00pm

datdude

Might just cop this. My Xmas gift to myself. Love it when there's thoughtfullness in analysis of P and not just pontification on personal faves
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Reply #6 posted 08/30/19 11:44pm

BartVanHemelen

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datdude said:

Might just cop this. My Xmas gift to myself.

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First try clicking the link and looking at the proposed release date.

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Reply #7 posted 08/31/19 1:15am

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elions

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just pasting some of these into Google turns up some results:

https://jmellison.net/if-...r-history/

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Reply #8 posted 08/31/19 2:09am

jjam

Alas, this book will be mainly pretentious bolocks.

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Reply #9 posted 08/31/19 1:47pm

LittleProfesso
r

This is the book formerly known as The Purple Papers that come sout of the Purple Reign symposium in Salford (UK) in 2017.
And jjam, certainly a little of it will be pretentious, but a lot of it isn't.

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