Ben Greenman, New York Times best-selling 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-80s. 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.
"When it comes to funk and words, lyrics and language, there couldn't be a better pairing than Ben Greenman and Prince. From my experience with both of them, this is the perfect match, like ham hocks and cornflakes." (George Clinton)
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Good Overview of Prince's Work
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Reads like a indepth career review & analysis
Yes, if they were interested in Prince on an analytical level the way I am. It covers all bases and does so passionately but objectively
Prince by Ronin Ro comes closest, but that's due to subject.
He was a good reader, no complaints from me. He didn't "bring it to life" but it's not that kind of book.
It made me reflective and helped me realize how much Prince impacted me and pop culture in general
My only gripe with this book is that it labels Prince homophobic when in both instances he was completely objective and not at all insulting to gays. He didn't want to collab with MJ and the bible does say S&G was destroyed for homosexuality, it doesn't make Prince phobic for pointing that out anymore than it makes one racist for reading Uncle Toms Cabin. If you're looking for a tell-all gossip laden book or chronological bio this isn't it, but it incorporates enough of both elements to make it a great all around read. Lastly, you can tell the guy loves Prince, but rather than a love that blinds him to the negative truths about Prince, it's a love that makes him seek for the truth however unfortunate.