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A unique and kaleidoscopic look into the life, legacy, and electricity of the pop legend Prince and his wide-ranging impact on our culture.

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Ben Greenman, New York Times bestselling author, contributing writer to the New Yorker, and owner of thousands of recordings of Prince and Prince-related songs, knows intimately that there has never been a rock star as vibrant, mercurial, willfully contrary, experimental, or prolific as Prince. Uniting a diverse audience while remaining singularly himself, Prince was a tireless artist, a musical virtuoso and chameleon, and a pop-culture prophet who shattered traditional ideas of race and gender, rewrote the rules of identity, and redefined the role of sex in pop music.

A polymath in his own right who collaborated with George Clinton and Questlove on their celebrated memoirs, Greenman has been listening to and writing about Prince since the mid-eighties. Here, with the passion of an obsessive fan and the skills of a critic, journalist, and novelist, he mines his encyclopedic knowledge of Prince’s music to tell both his story and the story of the paradigm-shifting ideas that he communicated to his millions of fans around the world.

"Focused and convincing . . . succeeds on its own terms, as an overview of the talent, the excesses, the adoration." ---New York Times

“When it comes to funk and words, lyrics and language, there couldn’t be a better pairing than Ben Greenman and Prince. From my experience with both of them, this is the perfect match, like ham hocks and cornflakes.” ---George Clinton

"Absorbing and entertaining . . . Greenman’s brilliant book celebrates a musician who crammed substance into every corner of his music." ---Publishers Weekly

"Greenman’s writing is both personal and profound from the equal perspectives of fan and scholar. An excellent addition to the Prince compendium." ---Library Journal

"Skilled narrator Peter Berkrot is the perfect fit to deliver this biography of the life and legacy of the rock musician Prince." ---AudioFile
Publishers Weekly Review

Dig If You Will the Picture

Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince

Author Ben Greenman

Narrated by Peter Berkrot

Publication date Apr 11, 2017

Running time 9 hrs 2 min

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