This episode, I’m taking a little break from the University of Salford Purple Reign conference to talk to musician Paul Bonomo, a.k.a. Snax. We discuss Prince’s professional and personal impact on Paul, of course, but we also speak more broadly to the two-way flow of influence between Prince and gay culture–an area that’s been vastly underexplored in the popular discourse around the artist. I’m excited to see the extended conversation that comes out of this frank and at times provocative discussion.
Next episode, we’re returning to both Manchester and queerness with two presenters from one of the Purple Reign conference’s Gender and Sexuality panels: independent scholars Chris Aguilar-Garcia and Natalie Clifford. If you like what you’ve heard of Snax, you can also follow him on Facebook and check out his new album, Shady Lights, when it releases on October 27.
00:13:09 “Do It All Night” (from Dirty Mind)
00:40:00 “Movie Star” (1986 Recording, available on Crystal Ball)
00:52:10 Troubling Prince Quote Number 1
00:52:47 Troubling Prince Quote Number 2
00:54:40 Prince’s Totally Heteronormative Performance at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards
00:55:52 Previous Episode with Erica Thompson
00:57:25 “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” (from 1999)
01:06:09 Paul’s Website
01:06:20 Shady Lights on Facebook
01:06:29 Snax on Facebook
01:06:49 “Turn It” by Snax featuring Mavin, from the Upcoming Album Shady Lights