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The Black Album and Prince’s Spiritual Crisis

The Black Album and Prince’s Spiritual Crisis 1
Prince's most notorious album The Black Album was announced, scheduled, and halted mere months after his double album set of Sign O’ The Times.

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?

Race, Gender, and Identity in the Career of Prince

Race, Gender, and Identity in the Career of Prince 2
In celebration of Black History Month, Douglas Rasmussen is discussing Prince’s career and his relationship with race, gender, and politics.

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...

Ninety seconds at Montreux

Ninety seconds at Montreux 3
Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland - 14th July 2013

I am obsessed with a single note that comes in the final ninety seconds at the end of a single song from a specific Prince live show from Montreux in 2013. It happens at the end of a lovely slow-jam version of "Nothing Compares 2 U...

Prince, Warner, and Control

Prince, Warner, and Control 4
"If you don’t own your masters, your master owns you.” — Prince

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.

A Brief Cinematic History of Purple Rain

A Brief Cinematic History of Purple Rain
With the release of Prince and The Revolution Live, this will be a good opportunity to discuss the genesis of the Purple Rain movie.

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.

Does anybody know about the quake?

Does anybody know about the quake? 7
June 7, 2022 marks a significant milestone in our history. It will be 25 years to the day that the Housequake fansite was born.

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.

The Truth?

The Truth?
What if half the things ever said, turned out 2 be a lie. How will U know the Truth?

Prince once said “Everything U think is true”, but gazing down from his guitar-shaped cloud, I imagine he might be irked by the way some former confidants have taken that bit of princely pontification, and well and truly run with it.

The Crown Jewel of Emancipation

The Crown Jewel of Emancipation 8
The track lies at the heart of the album’s second disc and is the album’s unsung masterpiece.

Emancipation's Crown Jewel: The musical and artistic achievement of ‘Joint 2 Joint’ is unparalleled when compared to the album’s other thirty-five cuts. The track lies at the heart of the album’s second disc and is the album’s unsung masterpiece...

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