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I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (19 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476705496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476705491
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I Would Die 4 U Celebrated journalist, TV personality, and award-winning author Toure investigates one of the most enigmatic and fascinating figures in contemporary American culture: PRINCE Drawing on new research and enlivened by Toure'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 scholar... Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars brave and spiritual take on a silent genius 12 April 2013
As a hard core muso fan whom has appreciated this mans incredible gift for nigh on 30 years this book is as refreshing as hearing minor G (the chord of pleasure)at six o'clock in the morning by the man himself...Incredibly well written,thoughtful and provocative book which highlights Prince and his mostly spiritual and metaphysical output.For my money one of THE best books written not only on Prince but on the power of music itself and the transcendental nature of certain chord structures!.highly recomended
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I bought this as a Christmas present for my bestie, Jo. To say she loves Prince Rogers Nelson, also known by his mononym Prince, and let us never forget 'The Artist Formerly Known as Prince' would be like calling the Pope religious. There was no way I could fail with this gift, even if she already had ten copies ... seriously, it's about Prince. Nuff said. She can add it to her 'Purple Pile of Prince Paraphenalia' and will be happy.
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Before reading any further simply go on Youtube and type in "Toure Questlove Alan Leeds Prince" and at the top you should find a video about the above mentioned talking about Prince during the recorded book launch conference.
It lasts about 1hr 26mins and it's a very interesting and entertaining watch. Far better at highlighting what this book is about than me or anyone else.

If you are still reading and aren't watching the video (then, why..?) I want to say that I haven't read many biographies about Prince to compare this to (I am a huge P fan, honest) but this was a great read.
I think I've read one by Per Nilsen (the Godfather of Prince biographies) but it was so long ago I can't recall which one (probably DanceMusicSexRomance), Slave To The Rhythm by Liz Jones, which was pretty good but again can't recall much about it and another, probably one produced by the Uptown team...
When I have read others I will perhaps return and re-view this book in accordance with comparisons.

For now I'll say this book is great as it only gives the Prince facts where needed to help Toure analyse why Prince got to where he did. Toure utilises his academic background in music journalism to look at Prince life with the different lenses of childhood development; psychology (Freudian); musical movements; afro-american cultural dynamics; sexuality; religion and others...

With lots of input from experts and past Prince associates like Alan and Eric Leeds; Questlove; Susan Rogers (former Prince recording engineer from mid-80s); Dez Dickerson and others...this book is actually a rare account that die-hard fans can actually learn from and get a different viewpoint as to why all the constellating factors and variables formed (as unlikely as they appeared) to make Prince as important and culturally significant as he has become.
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