This Thing Called Life: Prince and the Crossover Revolution (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018)
Prince’s unexpected death in 2016 reminded people of his seismic talent and cultural significance. Critics and peers alike lauded his fearless creativity, his singular sound and style, and his reimagining of categories like race, gender, and sexuality. In the days after his passing, international monuments were lit purple, as social media timelines filled with memories and tributes. President Obama praised him as “one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time… a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.” With over 100 million records sold, nineteen Top Ten hits, numerous awards, and countless protégés, Prince is one of the most successful and influential artists of all time. Yet in spite of his remarkable achievements much about Prince’s role in American and global culture remains unexamined. Award-winning author Joseph Vogel (Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson) fills that vacuum with the first comprehensive exploration of Prince’s cultural impact and his relevance to the world we live in today.
Articles on Prince
“This Thing Called Life: In Memory of Prince.” Huffington Post. April 21, 2016.
“Prince and Michael Jackson: The Rivalry and the Revolution.” PopMatters. April 29, 2016.