I have to begin with another apology: I had hoped to get this last installment of the podcast up early in the week, but I’ve been busy with job interviews, house hunting, and most recently, an illness that is definitely audible on the outro I recorded last night. But here, at last, is the final full installment of my now month-old conversation with writer, philosopher, and fellow Prince obsessive Jane Clare Jones. This is the one we’ve been building up to for the last month: a reckoning with the psychological factors that led to last year’s deeply tragic, avoidable death. But in case you’re concerned this will be prurient muckraking in the Prince: The End/When Doves Cry tradition, please know that it’s coming from a place of genuine love, and is grounded in research rather than wild speculation. And if you’re also (justifiably) concerned that it’s going to be a depressing slog, I promise it’s not all as grim as it might sound.
And with that, the first wave of the d / m / s / r podcast is over! Jane will be back, probably sometime next month, to talk about the Purple Reign interdisciplinary conference at the University of Salford; I also still have a short, lighthearted chunk of our original conversation that didn’t quite fit this episode that I’d like to post at some point. But other than that, the future is a blank slate. I’d love to hear your thoughts on where to go with the podcast–topics to discuss, suggested guests, etc.–because it seems a shame to go to the trouble of making a feed, etc. just for one month of episodes. I hope you’ve enjoyed these as much as I have. Thanks!
00:00:00 “Empty Room” (Live in Copenhagen, 2002; from C-NOTE)
00:05:38 Prince Talks about His Father on Larry King Live
00:06:36 Prince Talks about His Father on Tavis Smiley
00:12:09 “Motherless Child” (Live on Septimo de Caballería, 1999)
00:14:01 “Mama” (1983 Recording)
00:15:33 The Horrible Docudrama Jane Watched
00:20:58 “Computer Blue (Extended Version)” (1983 Recording)
00:26:40 “Comeback” (from The Truth, 1998)
00:35:38 “Sex in the Summer” (from Emancipation, 1996)
01:02:11 A Proper Dudely Dude Expresses His Appreciation in Sydney, 2016
01:05:50 “Forever in My Life” (Live at First Avenue, 1987)
01:33:00 U.K. Listeners, See Jane at the Purple Reign Conference in Salford Next Weekend!