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I Would Die 4 U Audiobook

I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon

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Publisher's Summary

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 presented 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.

©2013 Touré (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Tanya P. Iida
    12/11/16
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    "Wonderful! Surpassed expectations"

    I am a Gen Xer and a lifelong Prince fan and expert. I found Toure's knowledge of Prince and his research thorough and on point. Toure is also one of the best narrators I have heard in my 8 years as an Audible listener. I highly recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    19/02/17
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    "Worth a listen for Prince fans."

    I liked this book. After a while the author/reader's manner of speech started to get to me. He has a certain lilt he uses in almost every phrase...a sing-songy thing. It only became annoying because he uses it constantly. You'll see what I mean..., As a very devout Prince fan, I enjoyed hearing the personal stories behind the man. I also like how the author gets into what made Prince so beloved amongst Gen X, and the American social and pop culture history that he explores.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • powerhitz vilom
    23/10/16
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    "outstanding!!"

    Absolutely loved this book!
    It digs deep into the mind of a genius. Prince will live on forever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monica Angulo
    25/07/17
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    "A great read for the Prince fans"

    I loved everything about this book. It was funny,educational and I wish it was longer.. I am part of Gen X and the way that he describes the correlation between my generation and prince music makes so much sense

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa S.
    04/05/17
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    "IS the story about Prince or the author"
    Would you listen to I Would Die 4 U again? Why?

    Narrator tends to give his opinion why too much in this book


    Would you be willing to try another one of Touré’s performances?

    no


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Focus on Prince and not the author


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NY5131
    03/10/16
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    "bored"

    I struggled to attempt to finish, but I just can't get interested. Very disappointed. Sigh.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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