For the third installment of my miniseries on the University of Salford’s interdisciplinary Prince conference, I’m talking to Leah McDaniel (née Stone), a businesswoman, world traveler, and lifelong Prince fan. Her paper was on the eternally unsettled question of whether or not Prince was a feminist; we reflect on that question, as well as the contrast between his artistic warmth and his sometimes-chilling approach to interpersonal relationships, and why even Prince at his worst was still better than R. Kelly at his best.
If you’re frustrated that we don’t issue a final verdict, come back in a few months, when I plan to host a round table discussion on the “was Prince a feminist” debate (and almost certainly still won’t offer a definitive answer). In the meantime, you can check us and our way-improved new logo out on all the major podcast services (iTunes/Stitcher/Google Play). Your reviews and subscriptions on your service of choice would be a big help in getting us more visibility. As always, thanks for listening–we’ll be back with another episode by the end of next week!
00:00:00 “Girl Power” (1988 Recording)
00:19:56 Mayte’s Book
00:22:32 Prince’s “Breakup” with Owen Husney
00:39:18 Touré’s Book
00:40:30 “God (Love Theme from Purple Rain)” (1984 B-Side, from Purple Rain – Deluxe Edition)
00:48:28 The Guy Whose Name Neither of Us Could Remember is Tom Attah (Sorry, Tom)
00:48:37 “5 Women” (1990 Recording)
00:51:35 The Original Screenplay for Purple Rain; See Scene 98
01:03:26 “Strange Relationship” (from Dream Factory, 1986)
01:19:15 “U Got the Look (Extended Version)” (1986 Recording)
01:20:03 Leah’s Travel Site, Eclectik Girl