I Would Die 4 U, Hardback
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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  • Category: Music reviews & criticism
  • ISBN: 9781476705491



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By: TourePublished by: Afria BooksAge Recommended: AdultReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: 5Book Blog For: GMTAReview:"I Would Die 4 U" by Toure was not a biography of Prince's life but rather "the description of I Would Die 4 u that this is an investigation and based on research from people that were/are in Prince's life and some that were in his innermost circle." I will say that Prince has been one of my favorites forever and finding out that Toure's new book 'analyzes Prince's lyrics in ways "that most have never actually considered which causes you to go back and play all of your old Prince stuff and listen for the subtle messages you never knew he was delivering." This book really does explain why we find Prince such a great icon for my generation. I found this novel was very well written as we can see Prince as a 'sex symbol, troubled man or whether he is a Christian or not, there is a message in it all. To truly understand this artist know as 'Prince' this would be a good read to you to understand the musical genius that this man is in the entertaining world of pop culture.

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Anyone look for a tell-all biography will be disappointed by this book. Anyone who is interested in an analysis of Prince's contributions to pop culture will enjoy this book. As an avid admirer of Prince - he is my favorite musical artist of all time - I was pleased with Toure's approach. I applaud Toure's examination because it goes beyond the traditional focus on the sexuality of Prince's music and focuses more on the spiritual aspects. The only issue I have is that the book is fairly short.(I actually read it twice just to fully absorb everything.)When you consider the vast catalogue of music which Prince has...well, there could be VOLUMES written about it. I appreciate that Toure expanded the information from his series of Harvard lectures to provide a deeply thoughtful and well-researched reflection on the artist known as Prince. It really is a must-read for those of us who understand the musical genius of Prince and I think it would be equally entertaining for any person interested in pop culture.

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Bit of a hard one to judge, this. Let's make it clear that this is not the book you should buy if you want an in-depth overview of Prince's career. Sure, there is some information sprinkled throughout the book, but it covers only a tiny fraction of what you'd expect.<br/><br/>This book is not a traditional biography. Instead it is a well-written analysis of what makes Prince tick, mainly how his relationships with his mother and father influenced him, and what his religious upbringing brings to the table.<br/><br/>If that sounds rather flimsy, you're not wrong. Quite frankly, the book reads as a compilation of expanded essays. That is especially true of the latter part on the impact of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Prince's lyrics, which seemed to repeat the same information over and over again.<br/><br/>That doesn't mean this is a bad book, far from it. Touré is a great writer, and the first part of the book -- which deals with Prince's status of an icon -- contains numerous lines and paragraphs that I highlighted on my Kindle. (Granted, this is less the case for the rest of the book.)<br/><br/>It is however disappointing that Touré has not really managed to unearth much new information. The only real revelation I recall is the section on Prince's sexual predilections (he seems to love bathing women). Certainly he goes far deeper into how Prince's relationships with his parents and his religion has influenced his lyrics, but in the end this is not exactly new information.<br/><br/>Most annoyingly is Touré's habit of referring to some people as experts on Prince (especially ?uestlove) when in reality their insights are often not particularly better informed than most hardcore fans' opinions. I have no doubt that ?uestlove has studied Prince and other artists, but that does not mean that his opinion is necessarily the only valuable viewpoint.<br/><br/>In the end this is a well-intended book that does shed light on several aspects of Prince's career which were lacking a decent write-up. If you seek insight into what drives Prince, you'll find plenty of clues here. Just don't treat everything as gospel and leave room for your own observations and judgments.