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Purple Reign

Ever since Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park estate aged just 57, the music community, industry, fans and public alike have sought to mark his contribution both to music and wider culture.

 

Prince once told The Guardian: “What’s missing from pop music is danger. There’s no excitement and mystery.” Reflecting on his death and the public reaction and media coverage since April 2016, this may well be key to his iconic status. Perhaps he provided just that which he said was missing. He gave us danger, mystery and excitement in a way no other artist did. Prince was the embodiment of being oneself and expressing that through music. His refusal to accept limits or preconceived ideas surrounding genre, race or gender was evident in almost every part of his work. In so much of his musical output, race and gender struggles were front and centre. Prince transcended gender norms in ways that had rarely been seen in mainstream music. He played with racial, sexual and gender signifiers in such a bold way and rejected black patriarchal stereotypes and clichés. That legacy is seen nowhere more strongly than in this collection of creative responses to his life and music. Many contributors capture moments of self-discovery, in which Prince gives them permission to explore different ways of being. It is perhaps this, more than anything, which is celebrated in the following pages.

 

Dr Kirsty Fairclough

Associate Dean, Research and Innovation

School of Arts and Media

The University of Salford

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Purple Reign Purple Reign is a 96 page perfect-bound collection of experimental essays, memoir, fiction and poetry and it is edited by Dr Ursula Hurley & Dr Helen Pleasance... the book is a celebration of the artist/singer/musician's life... it is priced at £10.00 (inc) and if you click on the cover you can purchase it via PayPal direct... the price includes p/p