(Featured Image: Artwork for the University of Salford’s Purple Reign Conference.)
It’s been a long gestation period, but at last, the d / m / s / r podcast has returned with our “roving reporter,” philosopher and budding Princeologist Jane Clare Jones. She’s here to talk about the University of Salford’s interdisciplinary conference on Prince, which she attended back in May, but we also (of course) cover a lot of other territory: including the connections between Prince’s much-discussed messianism and his much-less-discussed radical political consciousness. If you’re interested in hearing what’s going on in the rapidly-growing field of Prince scholarship, this will be an interesting listen.
And, as the man himself was wont to say, it ain’t over: having missed the opportunity to attend the Salford Purple Reign conference, I’m now bringing the conference to me (and you!). For the next several weeks, I’ll be lining up more conversations with attendees of the conference, to discuss their work and their ideas about Prince. If you presented at Salford and are interested in recording a podcast, hit me up! I’d love to hear from as many of you as I can. The conference may have happened two months ago, but from the looks of things, scholarly interest in Prince has just begun. Let’s keep it going!
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00:08:36 The Famous Herb Ritts Photo
00:20:01 Robinson and Moffit’s Prince Protest Mixtape
00:24:20 Prince Reflects on Racialization in His 1985 MTV Interview
00:26:47 “Don’t Make Me Black”: Zach’s Post on “I’m Yours”
00:29:02 “When Will We B Paid?” (Live at Indigo at the 02, London, 2007)
00:29:49 In the Break by Fred Moten
00:33:53 Raven-Symonè: “I’m not an African-American”
00:42:40 “Colonized Mind” (Live in Manchester, 2014)
00:43:03 Jane’s Presentation, “‘Electric Man’: On the Ecstasy of Prince Rogers Nelson”
00:45:32 Jane’s Essay
00:53:56 “Act of God” (Live at the Sydney Opera House, 2016)
01:02:08 “Joy in Repetition” (from One Nite Alone Live, 2002)
01:13:24 Jeremy Corbyn and Naomi Klein
01:15:00 Nik Cohn on Prince, 2006
01:15:12 “I Would Die 4 U” (Live at the Paramount Theatre, 2016)
01:26:23 “Free Urself” (Live at the Sydney Opera House, 2016)