Podcast: Everybody Shut Up, Listen to the Band – Felicia Holman and Harold Pride on the Salford Purple Reign Conference

Settle in, folks, because today we’ve got not one, but two presenters from this spring’s Prince conference at the University of Salford: interdisciplinary artist/activist Felicia Holman and independent scholar/activist Harold Pride. Both were part of the organic community of Black artists and academics who came together in Manchester and, each in their own way, helped to reclaim Prince’s legacy as a specifically African American artist. The three of us talk about that, as well as their specific papers–Harold’s on the underrated, short-lived “Band with No Name” from 198788; Felicia’s on Prince’s autodidacticism and its connection to traditions of Black self-determination–and, as usual, a lot of other things along the way. It’s a great conversation that could have easily been twice as long; I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

I still have a handful of these interviews lined up, and will be posting them at least through Labor Day. Appearances to the contrary, I’m also still writing: I’ll be back to the ol’ grind next week. See you then!

00:00:00   “Housequake” (Live at First Avenue, 1987)

00:03:17   Felicia’s Organization, the Art Leaders of Color Network

00:03:18   Felicia’s Other Organization, Honey Pot Performance

00:03:50   Upcoming Open TV Series featuring Felicia, Serial Dreamer

00:15:25   “Rebirth of the Flesh” (1988 Rehearsal)

00:16:06   Harold’s Recent Appearance on Grown Folks Music with De Angela Duff

00:17:44   Previous Podcast with Leah Stone McDaniel

00:25:39   “Le Grind” (from The Black Album, 1987)

00:34:27   The Podcast Where Jane Jones Mentioned Kim Ransom

00:37:28   “The Line” (1987 Recording)

00:53:46   “Anna Stesia” (from One Nite Alone Live, 2002)

00:59:24   “D.M.S.R.” (Live at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, 2004)

01:04:25   “Housequake”/”The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”(Sign “O” the Times Tour Rehearsal, 1987)

01:12:00   “Hot Thing” (from the Sign “O” the Times movie, 1987)

01:28:05   “Freaks on This Side” (from New Power Soul, 1998)

01:33:33   ESSENCE Magazine’s Tribute to Prince

01:35:47   Tony M’s Recent Interview with Peach and Black

01:45:54   “The Dance Electric” (1984 Recording, from Purple Rain – Deluxe Edition)

01:47:49   Laura Tiebert’s Article, “Prince’s Greatest Legacy Isn’t His Music: It’s His Fans

By Zach

Recovering academic. Music writing at Slant, Spectrum Culture, and elsewhere. Arguably best known as the author of Dance / Music / Sex / Romance, a song-by-song chronological blog about the music of Prince.

2 replies on “Podcast: Everybody Shut Up, Listen to the Band – Felicia Holman and Harold Pride on the Salford Purple Reign Conference”

Very interesting hearing Prince’s voice in the introductions at the beginning. His voice has an alternating adult-adolescent quality to it. At times the intonation and “cracking” in his voice almost sound like an adolescent going through puberty, but this happens only when he is introducing certain people, hmmm…Prince was an example of an unlikely success story, someone who of his own doing and determination, rose above his circumstances to achieve artistic and financial achievement at the highest leve, the “American dream”. He was a self taught musician AND businessman AND self educated person on many topics. For him to even be able to combine, advance, and maintain artistry and business and spirituality, and basically do it on is own, was quite an underestimated feat! If he was “weird,” I (and everybody) want some of that kind of “weird.” Peace and love!

Completely agree. One thing that occurred to me when Felicia was talking, but I didn’t want to interrupt the flow of the conversation, was just how self-possessed he was from the very beginning. Demanding a three-album deal with creative control right out the gate took huge balls (for lack of a better word); I think our corporate-centric culture encourages us to see this as being unreasonable or “uppity,” but if only all of us had the conviction (and the power to back it up!) to stand up to our “masters” like this.

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