Dig If You Will the Picture

Dig If You Will the Picture

Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince

Book - 2017
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Named one of the best music books of 2017 by The Wall Street Journal

A unique and kaleidoscopic look into the life, legacy, and electricity of the pop legend Prince and his wideranging impact on our culture

Ben Greenman, New York Times bestselling author, contributing writer to the New Yorker , and owner of thousands of recordings of Prince and Prince-related songs, knows intimately that there has never been a rock star as vibrant, mercurial, willfully contrary, experimental, or prolific as Prince. Uniting a diverse audience while remaining singularly himself, Prince was a tireless artist, a musical virtuoso and chameleon, and a pop-culture prophet who shattered traditional ideas of race and gender, rewrote the rules of identity, and redefined the role of sex in pop music.

A polymath in his own right who collaborated with George Clinton and Questlove on their celebrated memoirs, Greenman has been listening to and writing about Prince since the mid-eighties. Here, with the passion of an obsessive fan and the skills of a critic, journalist, and novelist, he mines his encyclopedic knowledge of Prince's music to tell both his story and the story of the paradigm-shifting ideas that he communicated to his millions of fans around the world. Greenman's take on Prince is the autobiography of a generation and its ideas. Asking a series of questions--not only "Who was Prince?" but "Who wasn't he?" and "Who are we ?"-- Dig if You Will the Picture is a fitting tribute to an extraordinary talent.

Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250128379
Branch Call Number: 781.64092 Princ -G
Characteristics: xiii, 286 pages


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Mar 18, 2018

Prince was just another photo on the cover of Rolling Stone and I did hear and appreciate some of his recordings, but I never felt he was a genius. That said, it would take some convincing; I'm still not convinced. However, he WAS an artist and an excellent musician. That he wrote about sex all the time was kind of boring; but the music was good. I've read several books about this sex-music-religion-genius thing and I get it, I really do. I think they do the same thing with Dylan (except leave out the sex part, but Dylan didn't dress for that, did he) and Jerry (ditto). So, if you like to talk about this stuff at parties, this is a great book to mine for ideas. Also, you could skip the other sex-music-religion-genius books and just read this one, which is a bit less academic and a bit more gabby.

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