Proudly presenting luthier Dave Rusan as our guest for a Housequake questionnaire. He crafted one of the most iconic guitars in music history: The Cloud Guitar. It featured in a movie called 'Purple Rain' and the rest, as they say, is history.
In 1987, not long after the release of his double album Sign O’ The Times, Prince was planning a Christmas surprise: An album with no title, a black cover, and simply attributed to ‘Somebody’ in the Warner Bros. release schedule. it was produced, pressed, and ready to ship, then he abruptly changed his mind. So what happened?
Early in his career, Prince felt he had to change his racial heritage, telling an interviewer that “My dad is Black and Italian. My mom is a mixture of a bunch of things," even though both his parents were African American. Prince’s obfuscation of his racial identity has been the subject of much criticism...
There is a long sordid history in the music industry of young, black artists being taken advantage of by leveraged, corporate record labels that spot talent, and make the rules. A look back at how Prince fought the battle on his own turf, and won.
"Walk Don't Walk" continues with Prince’s usual themes of freedom and individuality, not just in a 'Princely' fashion, but in a way that can be interpreted through the philosophical lens of American enlightenment philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The story of how the Purple Rain movie came about is a fascinating look into the ambition and drive exhibited by Prince and would be integral to propelling him forward into pop superstardom.
June 7th is obviously an important date in the Prince calendar, but this year it also marks a significant milestone in Housequake history - it will be 25 years to the day that the Housequake fansite was born.