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Sunday, March 18 2012

Dirty Minds Think Alike: The Forgotten Rivalry of Prince and Rick James

Prince and Rick James always knew there’s only one spot in the music business for a true super-freak, and in the early '80s both aimed to rule it.


Thursday, May 26 2011

Prince: Chaos, Disorder, and Revolution

Prince imbued his art with his idiosyncratic view of life, turning out music from the mind of a sex-obsessed deviant, a bomb-fearing party-animal, and a God-fearing man searching for a ways to reconcile the spiritual with the sexual… and so much more.


Thursday, June 4 2009

Let’s Go Crazy: Celebrating 25 Years of Purple Rain

Some 25 years after it was released, PopMatters proudly celebrates Purple Rain in its entirety, looking at the album and film from every angle.


Thursday, June 4 2009

Inside the Revolution

Hundreds have books have been written about Prince and the Revolution, looking for hints and clues about his life and motivations within his lyrics, his images, and film scripts. Yet there are two people who know Prince better than anyone else, and those are the people who were there when it all happened. Speaking exclusively to PopMatters, longtime prince manager Alan Leeds and Revolution keyboardist Matt Fink speak candidly about their experiences recording, filming, and making Purple Rain, and what it was truly like being inside the Revolution.


Wednesday, June 3 2009

Prince's Anxiety of Influence and 'Purple Rain' in the Context of '80s Pop Music

Harold Bloom's The Anxiety of Influence notes how that we often attribute artistic success to being able to reconstruct our influences to create something unique, yet, as we all know, it's much more complex than that. Analyzing similar conceptual ground covered by the Police and Michael Jackson prior to Purple Rain, James Fleming dissects Prince's reaction to these other artists landmark songs, and how he was able to manifest these other pop monoliths into his own, reactionary style.


Columns

Wednesday, April 17 2013

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning: Gospel Music in a Secular World

Critically, commercially and historically, gospel is the great overlooked American music, maybe because few genres of music force you to confront your beliefs so immediately.


Thursday, June 16 2011

Prince's Parade: It's Really All About the Music

A large part of what I love about Prince is his ability to take his influences and synthesize them into a whole that suits his fancy. So it's not so much that he brings a new dish to the table. It's more that he explores new ways to enjoy what's already there.


Sunday, February 4 2007

The Purple Experience: Your PopMatters Primer on Prince's Pop Life

So many Prince albums, but where do you start? Here's a funky little list designed to aid your quest.


Reviews

Tuesday, January 7 2014

Prince + Janelle Monáe: 29 December 2013 - Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

Prince's three night run at Mohegan Sun came to a triumphant conclusion on Sunday night. But not before the ladies of NPG and 3rdEyeGirl shared news about two forthcoming, Prince-blessed releases.


Tuesday, May 15 2012

An Enigma, Wrapped in Glitter: 'Prince: The Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon'

A philosophical collection of essays dissecting the works and poses of Prince proves simultaneously fascinating and frustrating: their points are evocative, but the authors' personal weight in the matter breaks down subjectivity in the long run, hurting their cause.


Thursday, July 26 2007

Prince: Planet Earth

Looking at the world through purple-colored glasses, opinions about music, especially Prince's, are all over the map.


Monday, December 11 2006

Prince: Prince and the N.P.G.: Diamonds and Pearls [DVD]

Prince's pansexual, pan racial, and Dionysian vision remains genuinely inspired, and inspiring, to this day.


Wednesday, March 29 2006

Prince: 3121

Many of the classic elements of a Prince record are here, but it also feels considerably safer -- like a poorly concealed attempt to recapture past glories at the expense of his wilder creative muse.


Blogs

Monday, January 6 2014

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Live 4 Love"

It’s an anti-war song, with the answer being “love”, period.


Monday, December 16 2013

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Insatiable"

On this track, Prince seems slightly more interested in the video-recording than in the act itself. “Doesn’t my body look good in the shadows?”, he asks her.


Monday, December 9 2013

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Push"

One major theme of this album seems to be "Meet my new band", yet to a decent extent that’s a ruse.


Monday, December 2 2013

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Money Don't Matter 2 Night"

It’s the way Diamonds and Pearls works; a couple lightweight space-fillers sit in between two stone-cold classics, one of which is an example of Prince's quasi-message songs.


Tuesday, November 19 2013

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince & the New Power Generation - "Jughead”

It’s a party, it’s a party song, its purpose is to maintain the impression that Prince’s new band can put on one hell of a show.


News

Thursday, May 16 2013

A Rejuvenated Prince Looks Forward Again

DENVER — Prince pounded his rhinestone-encrusted cane into the floor to make a point. “I don’t have time for old people,” he insisted. “I want


Tuesday, September 25 2012

A Peek into the Musical Mind of Prince

Like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, James Brown, Sly Stone and George Clinton before him, Prince is taking the notion of what live performance can be to another level by combining composition and improvisation, precision and spontaneity.


Friday, November 4 2011

The Time or the Original 7ven: By any name, they’re still ‘Cool’

MINNEAPOLIS — The band that made the Minneapolis Sound famous is back — with an asterisk. Make that two asterisks. First, it is the only band in


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