Prince, one of the most controversial figures in modern music died rather unexpected at home, following a very brief hospital stay for flu symptoms after a concert one week ago.
The Purple Reigned in the 1980s, the decade of Gender Gending and Gender Fuck.
Vocally, he took Buddy Holly’s hiccup stammer stutter to the electro extremes.
Performance wise, Prince was high theatre on stage, Madonna and others with music video, and tv dance shows and hip dancers inbetween comedy skits.
Prince, unlike Little Richard before him, found religion, sex and music in more harmony, using more suggestion and allusion with illusion, artists literacy and license:
Prince disputed his record label and altered his name from “Prince”, to “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince” and re-recorded his catalog under a new label, and then the symbol of the trangendered movement a combined male and female symbol. I am fairly sure that in the name context the symbol was pronounced “Gimmick” or maybe “legalworkaround” – I recall he was married to a woman who pointed to the symbol on him instead of saying the name of her new spouse.
Funny how much one gets to learn about celebs you aren’t interested, mostly owing to tabloids at grocery lines.
In any event, Prince was a man in touch with and comfortable with his feminine side, his sexuality and his impact is greater than the music and the concerts and movies, but also in the work he did with and for other artists.
Olivia Newton-John’s reinvention from long haired country girl to leather clad rocker having sex in the gym like a queen, let’s get physical indeed. the 1980s was on, until AIDs freaked everyone out.
the 1970s Glam Glitter Disco was hets acting like gay men, and the 1980s were for homosexuals as the 1950s was for heteros – public sex or rather, public sexuality.
Queen, David Bowie, Roxie, Glam Glitter Punk, Heavy metal leather and spandex, hyper male is ultimately gay, while hyper femme appears to be drag queens.
women rarely get to represent themselves sexually.
Prince was behind Cyndi Lauper and Sheena Easton and he promoted an astonishing array of female proteges. madonna is another of the reinvention terror of become compressed parody as Elvis did. the 1980s was an unkind decade to the King.
She-Bop, Strut, Sugar Walls, I am unsure many women could have written out female sexuality or desire as well as Prince Did.
I was never a fan of his music, I found it fussy too repetitive and over produced.
However, I respect him in many ways as an artist, his introvert inside out extrovert was a fascinating study of artist persona in the Post Elvis age and in may ways – Prince’s foil was Micheal Jackson – another who made his life into performance art.
Jackson had confessed to former wife, Lisa Marie Presley that he feared dying as Elvis did.
Apparently he only meant the alone on the floor part, not the death by drugs. Using surgical grade drugs certainly created a new bar for celebrity doctor shopping.
Elvis Presley once spent a week in an induced coma in Las Vegas in an attempt to loose weight, apparently, Elvis the Pelvis didn’t get enough physical activity compared to food intake.
it is very difficult when a celebrity dies that takes part of your youth away in a deeper way that realizing that your youth music is on the Oldies Classic Golden Radio stations.
80: Pop went Big hair and Shoulder Pads, suits and fashion were in – Grunge would happen in the 1990s, except Bryan Adams…..
Music videos became important and were played in major clubs, and specialty channels and video killed the radio star.
Artists and Branding, image control and management, marketing and manipulations.
Music and design plus fashion.
The range of masculinity, long hair, short hair, adornments, too much and ya sub culture slip.