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  • Hardcover: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (19 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476705496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476705491
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Praise for Toure

"[An] apostle of the hip-hop aesthetic." --Darryl Pinckney, "New York Review of Books"

"Toure is one of our nation's most astute and witty observes of the American scene. Not only is he one of the most gifted writers of his generation, but his sharp insight, poetic phrasing, and biting humor--and his brilliant command of so many aspects of pop culture--make his dazzling performance on page a sheer joy to read." --Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University

"Toure is an exceptional journalist...He is--if you can imagine it--Oscar Wilde as a street thug. This is the marvelous tone he's been able to achieve." --Tom Wolfe

"Toure has the sarcasm, intellect, and dogged nose for narrative that has made him his generation's premiere chronicler of the chaos, ambition, and boundary-crossing that have accompanied African-American culture's rude and ingenious takeover of American Pop, Inc." --Greg Tate

"From 50 Cent to Dale Earnhardt, Jr., we sent Toure out on stories and he got it, whatever it was, every time. His work is like his subjects: stylish, vivid, and burning with energy."--Jann Wenner, founder of "Rolling Stone"

Praise for "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?"

"Toure demolishes the notion that there is only one way to be racially authentic . . . funny, hip and current." -Gwen Ifill, "The Washington Post"

"One of the most acutely observed accounts of what it is like to be young, black, and middle-class in America. Toure inventively draws on a range of evidence . . . for a performance carried through with unsparing honesty." --Orlando Patterson, " The New York Times Book Review"

"[T]he ever provocative Toure boldly articulates the complicated issues of self and racial identity in the age of Obama." --"Vanity Fair"

"A personal and scholarly dissection of race issues in modern America. . . . With the help of an array of writers, performers, comedians, artists and intellectuals, among others, the author attempts to reach a consensus on what is typical or otherwise for African-Americans, as well as what Black identity means in the modern era. Yet despite the chorus of voices, the most powerful voice belongs to Toure. While his collected anecdotal evidence provides a necessary framework, his personal experiences with race ring loudest of all. A likely bellwether for America's future struggles with race." --"Kirkus Reviews"

"A welcome response to the 'self-appointed identity cops' who would arrest and banish those they consider insufficiently black. Perceptively analyze[s] a new sensibility in black art and culture to illustrate the complex and fluid racial identification Toure dubs 'post-blackness.'" --"San Francisco Chronicle"

"Toure candidly tackles a burning issue confronting us today. Black America is undeniably a community 'free, but not equal, ' and people from all walks of life are compelled to devise new approaches to confronting today's structural inequalities. Here Toure explores insights from many perspectives to help guide the way." --Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

"This book is quintessential Toure smart, funny, irreverent, and p

"A worthwhile addition to the relatively small number of decent books about Prince. It's certainly bound to be a conversation (or possibly debate) starter for serious Prince fans."

"It took the singular talent and journalistic skills of Toure to capture the wild genius and larger than life influence of Prince."--Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone

"For those who understand how singular an artist Prince is, this book -- every bit obsessive and revelatory as its subject -- will be a great pleasure. For everyone else, its mandatory. It unfolds like a good mystery, as cryptic clues are deciphered one after another."--Joe Levy, Editor, Billboard

"Based on his Du Bois Lectures at Harvard, Toure has written a thoughtful and compelling book that is both a full and sensitive explication of the genius of Prince's music, as well as his exemplary role as an seminal figure in contemporary American culture. It is must reading for any student of popular culture."--Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Praise for Toure:

"[An] apostle of the hip-hop aesthetic." Darryl Pinckney, "New York Review of Books"

"Toure is one of our nation s most astute and witty observes of the American scene. Not only is he one of the most gifted writers of his generation, but his sharp insight, poetic phrasing, and biting humor and his brilliant command of so many aspects of pop culture make his dazzling performance on page a sheer joy to read. Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University

"Toure is an exceptional journalist...He is if you can imagine it Oscar Wilde as a street thug. This is the marvelous tone he's been able to achieve." Tom Wolfe

"Toure has the sarcasm, intellect, and dogged nose for narrative that has made him his generation s premiere chronicler of the chaos, ambition, and boundary-crossing that have accompanied African-American culture s rude and ingenious takeover of American Pop, Inc. Greg Tate

"From 50 Cent to Dale Earnhardt, Jr., we sent Toure out on stories and he got it, whatever it was, every time. His work is like his subjects: stylish, vivid, and burning with energy. Jann Wenner, founder of "Rolling Stone"

"I'm a Prince scholar and this is the ultimate Prince book."--Questlove

Toure is one of my favorite writers and Prince is on the Mount Rushmore of modern music and this is the best book about Prince I've ever read.--Q-Tip

In terms of creativity, energy, influence, and sheer virtuosity, few musicians in my lifetime rival Prince -- and in Toure, he's met his perfect authorial match. As a fanboy of both, I was waiting excitedly for this book, but it's even better than I expected. In these illuminating pages, Toure reveals Prince as an artist and cultural force in full.--John Heilemann, coauthor of Game Change and Double Down (forthcoming)

Praise for Toure

"[An] apostle of the hip-hop aesthetic." --Darryl Pinckney, "New York Review of Books"

"Toure is one of our nation's most astute and witty observes of the American scene. Not only is he one of the most gifted writers of his generation, but his sharp insight, poetic phrasing, and biting humor--and his brilliant command of so many aspects of pop culture--make his dazzling performance on page a sheer joy to read." --Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University

"Toure is an exceptional journalist...He is--if you can imagine it--Oscar Wilde as a street thug. This is the marvelous tone he's been able to achieve." --Tom Wolfe

"Toure has the sarcasm, intellect, and dogged nose for narrative that has made him his generation's premiere chronicler of the chaos, ambition, and boundary-crossing that have accompanied African-American culture's rude and ingenious takeover of American Pop, Inc." --Greg Tate

"From 50 Cent to Dale Earnhardt, Jr., we sent Toure out on stories and he got it, whatever it was, every time. His work is like his subjects: stylish, vivid, and burning with energy."--Jann Wenner, founder of "Rolling Stone"

It took the singular talent and journalistic skills of Toure to capture the wild genius and larger than life influence of Prince. --Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone"

For those who understand how singular an artist Prince is, this book -- every bit obsessive and revelatory as its subject -- will be a great pleasure. For everyone else, it s mandatory. It unfolds like a good mystery, as cryptic clues are deciphered one after another. --Joe Levy, Editor, Billboard"

Praise for "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?"
Toure demolishes the notion that there is only one way to be racially authentic . . . funny, hip and current. Gwen Ifill, "The Washington Post"
One of the most acutely observed accounts of what it is like to be young, black, and middle-class in America. Toure inventively draws on a range of evidence . . . for a performance carried through with unsparing honesty. Orlando Patterson, " The New York Times Book Review"
[T]he ever provocative Toure boldly articulates the complicated issues of self and racial identity in the age of Obama. "Vanity Fair"
A personal and scholarly dissection of race issues in modern America. . . . With the help of an array of writers, performers, comedians, artists and intellectuals, among others, the author attempts to reach a consensus on what is typical or otherwise for African-Americans, as well as what Black identity means in the modern era. Yet despite the chorus of voices, the most powerful voice belongs to Toure.While his collected anecdotal evidence provides a necessary framework, his personal experiences with race ring loudest of all. A likely bellwether for America's future struggles with race. "Kirkus Reviews"
A welcome response to the self-appointed identity cops who would arrest and banish those they consider insufficiently black. Perceptively analyze[s] a new sensibility in black art and culture to illustrate the complex and fluid racial identification Toure dubs post-blackness. "San Francisco Chronicle"
Toure candidly tackles a burning issue confronting us today. Black America is undeniably a community free, but not equal, and people from all walks of life are compelled to devise new approaches to confronting today s structural inequalities. Here Toure explores insights from many perspectives to help guide the way. Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
This book is quintessential Toure: smart, funny, irreverent, and provocative as hell. Rejecting old school racial dogma and new school myths about post-raciality, he offers a powerful and original thesis on the status of Blackness in the 21st century. Through his sharp analysis and honest reflections, Toure challenges us to embrace a more mature, sophisticated, and ultimately liberating notion of racial identity. Any serious conversation on race and culture must begin with this book.
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Columbia University Professor and host of Our World With Black Enterprise
"Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness" is a necessary book.To fulfill your potential as an individual or as a people, you need a clear sense of self.Toure has done the difficult but liberating work of moving the discussion of race beyond the Black Power-era thinking of the 1970's into the 21st Century.
Reggie Hudlin, filmmaker
A fascinating conversation among some of America s most brilliant and insightful Black thinkers candidly exploring Black identity in America today. Toure powerfully captures the pain and dissonance of Black Americans far too often unrequited love for our great nation.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP
"Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness" is a tour de force! I applaud Toure s courage in standing up and telling it like it is. This special book will make you think, laugh, cry and it will make you look at race and at yourself differently.
Amy DuBois Barnett, Editor-in-Chief, "Ebony"
Toure has taken a question I have asked myself uncountable times over the course of my life and asked it of everyone: What does it mean to be Black? The answers in this book are thought-provoking, uplifting, hilarious and sometimes sad. His sharp writing and self-effacing stories help digest some hard facts about how identity can be used for and against each of us and why it matters so much to all of us.
Soledad O Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent"

Praise for Toure:
"[An] apostle of the hip-hop aesthetic." Darryl Pinckney, "New York Review of Books"
"Toure is one of our nation s most astute and witty observes of the American scene. Not only is he one of the most gifted writers of his generation, but his sharp insight, poetic phrasing, and biting humor and his brilliant command of so many aspects of pop culture make his dazzling performance on page a sheer joy to read. Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University
"Toure is an exceptional journalist...He is if you can imagine it Oscar Wilde as a street thug. This is the marvelous tone he's been able to achieve." Tom Wolfe
"Toure has the sarcasm, intellect, and dogged nose for narrative that has made him his generation s premiere chronicler of the chaos, ambition, and boundary-crossing that have accompanied African-American culture s rude and ingenious takeover of American Pop, Inc. Greg Tate
"From 50 Cent to Dale Earnhardt, Jr., we sent Toure out on stories and he got it, whatever it was, every time. His work is like his subjects: stylish, vivid, and burning with energy. Jann Wenner, founder of "Rolling Stone""

About the Author

Toure is a cohost of MSNBC s The Cycle" and a columnist for Time.com. He is the author of four books, including "Who s Afraid of Post-Blackness?, "a "New York Times" and "Washington Post" notable book, and "I Would Die 4 U" Why Prince Became an Icon". He lives in Brooklyn.


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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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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 love Prince, but come on - how come no one's mentioned how small this book is? It's barely 200 pages and the typing's huge. I was looking for a book that'd get into how and why he became an icon, but it barely scratches the surface.

Buy it second hand for a few quid, but DO NOT pay £12 for it. I actually burst out laughing when I opened the package as it was so measly. Maybe the size is an ironic statement on the man himself, but my guess it's actually just a rip-off.

The book's not bad in itself, but it's not the Prince book we've all been waiting for. Compare it to his albums and we're talking 'Come' or one of those rubbish God-bothering efforts he made a few years back.

Avoid (unless it's a few quid).
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The book is an interesting and informative summary of the life and work of my idol Prince, as well as a comment on the evolution of popular culture and its generation gaps. Immersive and well written with an angle. My only regret is that it didn't have more pages...
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The best book I've read about Prince. Although it can get a bit dull in some parts when it gets bigger down in more political stuff it goes deeper than most others. Contains more of the things you want to know.
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I found this collection of essays to be stimulating and thought provoking, even if not fully convincing. Toure breaks the book down into three sections, focusing on the generation x that hoisted Prince up to super-stardom, the porn chic of his songs and image, and the religious themes that underpin all of his work. It is a slight book in terms of pages, but makes up for it with the quality of ideas being presented.
It doesn't follow the conventional autobiography of many Prince books and personally I'm grateful - I think we all know the outline of his career by now. If you want this, then Matt Thorne or Pers Nielson are the go to books.
There are some great quotes from associates and friends in the book and if the picture of Prince that emerges is not entirely flattering it is certainly more complex that then normal narrative of either "rise and fall" or "tortured genius" that is the conventional story most Prince writers present.
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Toure, who is fully qualified to get into the mind of the greatest rock star enigma has written the most accurrate book ever when it comes to the mystery of prince."RECOMMENDED".
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