I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became An Icon by Touré


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Book Description

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.

My Review

I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon by Touré could have been a pretty straight forward and short book by simply stating that Prince is a musical genius, wore daring fashions, and had a sensuality that attracted both sexes. But, Touré chose to complete a much deeper investigation into what was happening in society during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s that made it possible for Prince to make such an impact. It states in the introduction,

” The rain is the Zeitgeist. And the person who had the umbrella open before the rain is an icon. That person knew what the generation was feeling before they really knew, before they were able to fully articulate their feelings. When the icon takes their place on the stage they don’t say, “Look at me!” They say, “When they look me, you’ll also be looking at you.” For generation X, one of these icons was Prince.”

I read some of the other reviews on this book and most seem to be disappointed that it was not a biography on Prince’s life. It clearly states in the description of I Would Die 4 U that this is an investigation and is based on research from people that were/are in Prince’s life and some that were in his innermost circle. Touré has done an excellent job of not only exposing Prince’s work ethic and personal demons but I Would Die 4 U goes much deeper in exploring why those of us that are Generation X’ers feel such a connection to Prince.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 4 Stars