A week and a half ago, I recorded what was supposed to be a single, one-to-two-hour podcast with writer, philosopher, and fellow Prince obsessive Jane Clare Jones; needless to say, we ended up talking for almost six hours, which necessitated us splitting the conversation into parts. In this second installment, we begin with a discussion of Ben Greenman’s new book, Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God, & Genius in the Music of Prince; but that discussion quickly branches out into more interesting conversations about Prince’s supernatural ability to enter “flow,” his unparalleled understanding of women’s desire, and his complicated relationship with spirituality and religion.
Next week, we’ll dig into another recent book about Prince–the memoir of his ex-wife, Mayte Garcia–and begin to take full stock of our feelings in the wake of his passing last April. If you missed the first episode, you may want to check it out before listening.
00:00:39 Zach’s Review of Dig If You Will the Picture
00:04:03 Mihaly Csikszentmihályi’s Concept of “Flow”
00:04:38 The Piece Jane Wrote
00:04:44 Purple Reign: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Life and Legacy of Prince (University of Salford, May 24-26)
00:20:49 If You Want Detailed Biographical Work, Read The Rise of Prince 1958-1988
00:45:16 “Shockadelica” (1987 B-Side)
00:53:00 “Joy in Repetition” (Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival, 2011)
00:56:50 “Erotic City” (Live at First Avenue, 1984)
01:00:34 “Computer Blue” (Live at First Avenue, 1983)
01:04:57 “The Beautiful Ones” (from Purple Rain)
01:16:48 “God (Love Theme from Purple Rain)” (1984 B-Side)
01:44:53 “I Would Die 4 U” (from Purple Rain)