The Words and Music of Prince (Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection Series)

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Prince's early albums Dirty Mind, 1999, and Purple Rain, established him as a major force in American pop music. His combination of rock and funk was unique, and drew both critical praise and commercial attention. The 1990s found Prince forming a new group, moving back in the direction of R&B, and eventually adopting an unpronounceable symbol as his moniker. By the end of the millennium, he was again exploring an eclectic collection of musical styles and enjoying a resurgence of interest in his well-known ...

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Prince's early albums Dirty Mind, 1999, and Purple Rain, established him as a major force in American pop music. His combination of rock and funk was unique, and drew both critical praise and commercial attention. The 1990s found Prince forming a new group, moving back in the direction of R&B, and eventually adopting an unpronounceable symbol as his moniker. By the end of the millennium, he was again exploring an eclectic collection of musical styles and enjoying a resurgence of interest in his well-known song 1999. Prince is one of the few artists of the entire rock era who successfully bridged the gap between traditional R&B and rock audiences with his musical eclecticism. He now stands among the best-selling pop musicians of the rock era. In this revealing study, author James Perone highlights the complexities and ambiguities of Prince's life work, while at the same time clarifying why it is that Prince remains such a widely popular figure in American music.

After a brief introductory biographical treatment, Perone goes on to analyze all of Prince's musical output-both as specific pieces, and as part of a larger body of work. Perone doesn't allow any of the elements of Prince's entertainment career (including his early contractual problems, his series of protégés, his name change, and his views on gender and race) to pass without reflection. As a result The Words and Music of Prince operates as a sort of creative biography for both the man and the artist. The work also includes six illustrations, a bibliography, a discography, and an index.

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"In this revealing study author James Perone highlights the complexities and ambiguities of Prince's life work, while at the same time clarifying why it is that Prince remains such a widely popular figure in American music. After a brief introductory biographical treatment, Perone goes on to analyze all of Prince's musical output-both as specific pieces, and as part of a larger body of work. Perone doesn't allow any of the elements of Prince's entertainment career (including his early contractual problems, his series of protegees, his name change, and his views on gender and race) to pass without reflection, and as a result The Words and Music of Prince operates as a sort of creative biography for both the man and the artist."

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The Dawn Experience

"Avid fans of Prince and collections catering to fans of rock music will find this a fine in-depth survey covering the basics of Prince's life works, blending an introductory biography of the artist with an in-depth analysis of all his musical pieces both individually and collectively. The author is a professor of music at the college level: his survey offers an outstanding analysis of Prince's purposes and directions and is a must for any in-depth appreciation of Prince's works."

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Meet the Author

JAMES E. PERONE is Professor of Music at Mount Union College, where he teaches American music and music theory, and chairs the Department of Music. He is the series editor for The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection, for which he has also written three volumes: The Sound of Stevie Wonder (2006), The Words and Music of Carole King (2006), and The Words and Music of David Bowie (2007). He is also the author of several Greenwood Press books, including Music of the Counterculture Era (2004) and Woodstock: An Encyclopedia of the Music and Art Fair (2005).

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword James E. Perone Perone, James E.

1 Becoming a Star 1

The Young Virtuoso 1

For You 2

Prince 5

Dirty Mind 9

Controversy 13

2 Mixing Rock and Funk with the Revolution 17

1999 17

Purple Rain 24

Around the World in a Day 29

3 Film Scores and Contractual Problems 37

Parade (Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon) 37

Sign o' the Times 41

The Black Album 49

Lovesexy 51

Batman 55

Graffiti Bridge 57

4 The New Power Generation and a Name Change 63

Diamonds and Pearls 63

[actual symbol not reproducible] ("The Love Symbol Album") 69

Come 78

The Gold Experience 82

Chaos and Disorder 91

5 The Approach of 1999 97

Emancipation 97

Crystal Ball 112

New Power Soul 123

The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale 127

Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic 131

6 The New Millennium 139

The Rainbow Children 140

N.E.W.S. 142

Musicology 147

3121 151

Planet Earth 155

Conclusions: The Importance of Being Prince 161

Selected Discography 167

Notes 173

Annotated Bibliography 177

Index 191

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