How Paisley Park Can Be a Better Museum

If the curators had done nothing to Paisley Park it would still be an honor to be there. I know: I was there on day two. That they have modified the space – despite roundly and falsely claiming to have left some rooms on the tour “untouched” – but not amplified much about the experience…

Things I Am Reasonably Sure Prince Has Never Done

Things I Am Reasonably Sure Prince Has Never Done – Scott Woods Replaced toner in a copy machine Manned the grill Needed proof of ID Played for exposure Used a feather duster on a piece of furniture Worked part time in a five and dime Touched a black woman’s hair unsolicited Stayed on the phone…

Prince & Little Weird Black Boy Gods

If you are, say, thirty-five years of age or older there is a 99% chance that you are no good right now. Not merely sad, but irreparably despondent. Verily, Shakespearean in your grief. Depending on how old or weird or gay or starstruck or black you were in 1984, Purple Rain was either an awakening, a…

How U Know When Prince Loves U – The Prince Sidestick

Prince’s success across a wide range of styles is why we’ll be talking about him in a hundred years, but isn’t how most long-standing fans process his persona. Most people know Prince for a few key songs during impressionable points in their lives, or they’re going to. He may have peaked thirty years ago, but…

10 Ways Kanye West is not Prince

INTRODUCTION Go show your slaves how choleric you are And make your bondmen tremble. Must I budge? Must I observe you? Must I stand and crouch Under your testy humor? By the gods, You shall digest the venom of your spleen, Though it do split you. For from this day forth, I’ll use you for…

Reviews of 2 New Prince Albums

PRINCE – ART OFFICIAL AGE There are two ways to approach a Prince album in 2014: 1) View it in the full light of the length, breadth and influence of his catalog, or 2) clean slate it, weighing it in the same breath as every other offering similarly available at the time. I approached AOA…