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 1987–88; 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!
00:03:17 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
00:25:39 “Le Grind” (from The Black Album, 1987)
00:37:28 “The Line” (1987 Recording)
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)
01:47:49 Laura Tiebert’s Article, “Prince’s Greatest Legacy Isn’t His Music: It’s His Fans”