I Would Die 4 U

Why Prince Became an Icon

By Toure
(Atria Books, Hardcover, 9781476705491, 163pp.)

Publication Date: March 19, 2013

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Celebrated journalist, TV personality, and award-winning author Touré investigates one of the most enigmatic and fascinating figures in contemporary American culture:


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 presents 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.

About the Author
Toure is the author of the novel" Soul City" and the story collection "The Portable Promised Land". A contributing editor at "Rolling Stone", his writing has also appeared in "The New Yorker", "The New York Times", "Tennis Magazine", "The Best American Essays", and "Da Capo Best American Music Writing", among other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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