It’s been over half a year since the University of Salford’s interdisciplinary Prince conference, but I keep connecting with people who presented there and whose topics of research are too interesting not to discuss. This time, I’m talking to actor and playwright Chambers Stevens, who has a fascinating theory about the influence of improv training on Prince’s approach to life and performance. But we aren’t just retreading Chambers’ presentation from the Salford conference; he also has some hilarious stories to share about his own run-ins with Prince (and Chaka Khan), as well as some thoughts about the peculiar nature of Prince fandom. We had a lot of fun recording this–hopefully you’ll have fun listening as well!
And speaking of fun, there’s still a little more time to participate in my giveaway for a free copy of Duane Tudahl’s new book Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984. The rules are simple: just subscribe to d / m / s / r on your podcast app of choice (logging into iTunes or Stitcher and searching “dance music sex romance” should do the trick), and leave a review. It doesn’t have to be a positive review; feel free to rake me over the coals if you want, just make it well-written. On Tuesday, December 12, I’ll look at all the reviews that have been submitted, pick my favorite–again, not necessarily the most positive!–and announce the winner on the next episode of the podcast. Oh, and speaking of that next episode, this is one you’re not going to want to miss: I was fortunate enough to speak to the one and only Marylou Badeaux, former V.P. of Special Projects at Warner Bros. Records and author of the upcoming memoir Moments: Remembering Prince. Come back and listen to it next week!
01:29:00 Band of Merrymakers
00:04:02 Previous Episode with Duane Tudahl
00:20:27 “Irresistible Bitch” (1984 Rehearsal, Reprise)
00:22:42 Don Amendolia’s Fimography
00:31:09 “Come” (from The Beautiful Experience, 1994)
00:33:01 A Few Clips from Glam Slam Ulysses, Courtesy of Dancer Kevin Stea
00:38:12 (Chambers is Actually Talking about Sonny Thompson Here)
00:50:30 “Betcha by Golly Wow!” (from Emancipation, 1996)
01:04:18 The Violet Reality
01:08:34 The Prince Podcast
01:17:20 “Let’s Go Crazy” Makes a Cameo in Kingsman: The Golden Circle