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Dave Rusan Interview

Dave Rusan Interview-Housequake
Proudly presenting Dave Rusan as our guest for a Housequake questionnaire.

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.

The Black Album and Prince’s Spiritual Crisis

The Black Album and Prince’s Spiritual Crisis-Housequake
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-Housequake
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-Housequake
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-Housequake
"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.


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