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Book review: Prince, By Matt Thorne
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 15 November 2013
Clad in (what else?) a purple jacket, Thorne's updated epic of scholarly fandom boasts just the kind of passionate excess that has marked the 35-year top-flight musical career of Prince Rogers Nelson.
From Dirty Mind through to 20Ten and beyond, Thorne traces, dissects and usually acclaims every incarnation of the shape-shifter. Yes, he will tire out unbelievers.
But beyond the close analysis, Thorne also explains how Prince has ridden every wave of technological and stylistic change. So his stormy progress through the music biz becomes a history of its transformation.
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