I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon

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I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon

Paperback – Import, 15 October 2019
by Touré (Author)

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I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon

Paperback – Import, 15 October 2019
by Touré (Author)

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atria Books; Reprint edition (15 October 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1476737401
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9781476737409
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 145 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 1.02 x 21.27 cm


“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

“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, it¹s mandatory. It unfolds like a good mystery, as cryptic clues are deciphered one after another.” — Joe Levy, Editor, Billboard

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)

“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.

“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.” ― The Morton Report

About the Author

Touré is an author who has published six books, including I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon and Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now, a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book. He was a TV host at MSNBC, MTV, and BET, and a correspondent at CNN. He hosts the podcast Touré Show. He has written for The New York TimesThe New YorkerRolling StoneThe Washington PostThe NationVogue, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children. Follow his Instagram @Toure.

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I Would Die 4 U

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ISBN-10: 1476737401
ISBN-13: 9781476737409
Goodreads: 46212894

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Celebrated journalist, TV personality, and award-winning author Touré investigates one of the most enigmatic and fascinating figures in contemporary American culture: PRINCE

Drawing on new research and enlivened by Touré’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 scholars to deconstruct the artist’s life and work.

Prince’s baby boomer status allowed him to play a wise older brother to the latchkey kids of generation X. Defying traditional categories of race, gender, and sexuality, he nonetheless presents a very traditional conception of religion and God in his music. He was an MTV megastar and a religious evangelist, using images of sex and profanity to invite us into a musical conversation about the healing power of God. By demystifying the man and his music, I Would Die 4 U shows us how Prince defined a generation.

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Weight 0.145 kg
Dimensions 21.27 × 13.97 × 1.02 cm

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