Prince

Prince

The Making of A Pop Music Phenomenon

eBook - 2011
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This much-needed interdisciplinary analysis is the first of its kind to examine critically Prince's popular music, performances, sounds, lyrics and the plethora of accompanying visual material such as album covers, posters, fashions, promotional videos and feature films. Specifically, the book explores how and why he has played such a profoundly meaningful and significant role in his fans' lives.

Taylor
& Francis Publishing

The career of the prolific pop artist Prince has become inextricably intertwined with the history of popular music since the late 1970s. This multi-instrumental icon, who remains one of the highest-grossing live performers in America, has been called a genius for his musicianship, composition and incredible performances. But Prince holds iconic status for more than his music. Best known for his racial blurring and extravagant sexual persona, Prince's music and visual iconography has always chimed with the ambiguity of subjectivity at any given moment. 'Prince' the sign offers a space for fans to evaluate and reconfigure their attitudes towards their own identities, and towards their position as subjects within the socio-cultural sphere. This much-needed interdisciplinary analysis is the first of its kind to examine critically Prince's popular music, performances, sounds, lyrics and the plethora of accompanying visual material such as album covers, posters, fashions, promotional videos and feature films. Specifically, the book explores how and why he has played such a profoundly meaningful and significant role in his fans' lives.

Book News
This study offers thoughtful, provocative analysis by two academics, who are also avid fans. Hawkins (musicology, U. of Oslo, Norway) and Niblock (journalism, Brunel U., UK) write engagingly about the sensibilities and style of the star himself and his audience, and the enduring qualities of his creativity and appeal. They don't duplicate the abundance of details about Prince's life and performances that can easily be found on the internet and elsewhere but instead, as they state in the introduction, "...return time and again to what makes our subject so profound. Why does Prince open up a special space for reconfiguring norms and attitudes?" Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2011
ISBN: 9781409434399
1409434397
9781317075936
1317075935
9780754668763
0754668762
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 195 pages)
Additional Contributors: Niblock, Sarah

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