I Would Die 4 U by Touré
Why Prince Became an Icon

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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.

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.
 

About Touré

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Touré is a co-host 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. He lives in Brooklyn.
 
Published March 19, 2013 by Atria Books. 178 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by HOWARD HAMPTON on May 31 2013

Touré passes along intriguing anecdotes about the kid who would be Prince and the man who became the Artist Formerly Known as Prince.

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Reviewed by Mikael Wood on Apr 12 2013

...Touré has plenty to say, both firsthand and via friends and associates...

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