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I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    I want to first start off by saying that I read and watch anything concerning Prince. I have loved Prince since his very first album (if anyone remembers what those are). I own all of his music, even the songs that I am not that crazy about. So when I read that there was a book out and written by Toure; I knew I had to read it. And I must say that I was going to be the first to write Mr. Toure a letter if he wrote anything bad about The Purple One. However, I must now admit that this book was really a must have for my collection. Mr. Toure did a fantastic job. I have read it twice already. I even learned somethings that I did not know. My children want to read it so that they will finally understand my love for Prince. They grew up listening to him. But they must first get the book away from me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Sketchy

    Interesting theory, but not a very good job of proving it. He tends to put forth only songs/lyrics that support his concepts while ignoring lots of examples that run vounter to his theories. There are some glaring errors regarding the man's catalog and even lyrics are misquoted. Toure could really use a copy editor as well. If you are already a Prince fan, you won't find much new information. But I applaud the effort to place the oeuvre in a larger context.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Toure is a racist...nothing to see here

    Toure is a racist...nothing to see here

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

    Why did I buy this??  Skipped most of the pages trying to find s

    Why did I buy this??  Skipped most of the pages trying to find something in this book about Prince other than the author's analysis of gen x and prince song meanings.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Good Read

    Nothing covered that hasnt been before however Toure's view is appreciated and seems accurate. I am wondering though IF he talked to Prince at all while writing this.

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    By: Toure Published by: Afria Books Age Recommended: Adult Revie

    By: Toure
    Published by: Afria Books
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 5
    Book Blog For: GMTA
    Review:

    "I Would Die 4 U" by Toure was not a biography of Prince's life but rather "the description of I Would Die 4 u that this is an investigation and based on research from people that were/are in Prince's life and some that were in his innermost circle." I will say that Prince has been one of my favorites forever and finding out that Toure's new book 'analyzes Prince's lyrics in ways "that most have never actually considered which causes you to go back and play all of your old Prince stuff and listen for the subtle messages you never knew he was delivering." This book really does explain why we find Prince such a great icon for my generation. I found this novel was very well written as we can see Prince as a 'sex symbol, troubled man or whether he is a Christian or not, there is a message in it all. To truly understand this artist know as 'Prince' this would be a good read to you to understand the musical genius that this man is in the entertaining world of pop culture.

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    Posted July 18, 2013

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