My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life of the book subject and there weren't any. The cadence of the audiobook is very quick but does not detract from the content. I feel Greenman understood Prince was, at times, unbearable, yet he was such a huge fan, he never stopped loving him. It cannot be questions that Greenman is a gifted scribe with tremendous interest in pop culture and icons, but this could be problematic as the book became, in parts, too academic which, although informative, lulled along. Ben Greenman is a New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor who has written both fiction and nonfiction. There was a hall of mirrors, but it had specific reflection in it. In fact, it was almost as if it made him squirm and he wanted to gloss it over and move on as quickly as possible.
His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Pos t, Mother Jones, McSweeney's, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere. There's nothing wrong with that record. Met dat onderzoek legt Greenman verbanden tussen Prince en kunstenaars die soms wat ver te zoeken zijn, maar altijd getuigen van de enorme encyclopedische kennis die Ben Greenman heeft wanneer het over His Royal Badness gaat. Dig if you will the picture: funk, sex, god and genius in the music of Prince. Dat is echter niet zo. Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom.
I love his sentences, his precision. Maybe she's holding the magazine with a picture of some porn in it and masturbating. Here, with the passion of an obsessive fan and the skills of a critic, journalist, and novelist, he mines his encyclopedic knowledge of Prince's music to tell both his story and the story of the paradigm-shifting ideas that he communicated to his millions of fans around the world. A polymath in his own right who collaborated with George Clinton and Questlove on their celebrated memoirs, Greenman has been listening to and writing about Prince since the mid-eighties. The guy was absolutely incredible. And in lieu of a conventional index, Greenman runs down his discography -- the 40 official album releases -- with page numbers listed for each song mentioned in the book, and one song per album highlighted with an anecdote or analysis.
His novels and short-story collections include The Slippage and Superbad; he was Questlove's collaborator on Mo Meta Blues and Something To Food About; and he has also written memoirs with George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. I guess it's a magazine dildo. I love his sentences, his precision. After the 21st left me, like so many others around the world, reeling in disbelief, I bought the tribute magazines and some of the new books. His devotion to being a Jehova's Witness led him to rigid and occasionally regressive albums.
Then tragically, in 2016, Prince died what was certainly a premature death at the hands of opioid overdose. The E-mail message field is required. It sometimes read as an overtly drawn out high school essay. Have you ever watched that awkward interview he did with Dick Clark on American Bandstand? Which brings me back to Ben Greenman's book. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. Thank you Greenman for an amazing look at Prince, his music, his life, and yourself as a fan. I think he was figuring the label as an ex-lover.
The cover of the book is Prince-like in its use of collage to show off the characters and themes of his life and work. I guess she's using the magazine. His completism gives him an an intimate knowledge of Prince's less critically and commercially successful records, works made from the depths of resentment for labels or spiritual complacency. No question he was an eccentric within a tradition. One of the most enjoyable reads I've had in a long time. For anyone writing about Prince, there is just too much to think about. And then: the silence, forever.
Fans of Prince should read Dig If You Will the Picture. I still give Greenman credit for his analytical insight into Prince and his influence on music, fashion and culture. Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. His guitar work is all cherry bomb pyrotechnics and the grin on his face moves from wry to ecstatic, but never out of control. Maar het is geen biografie.
And then: the silence, forever. I feel he would of wrote this book even if Prince was still alive, and I have great respect for that. However I'm pretty sure Darling Nicky is just what it purports to be - a lady in a hotel room behaving in an alarming fashion, except it happened in a Prince song. And, at times, sort of undoing certain advances. I find his love for Minneapolis and his ability to know who he was very refreshing. In the old days before the internet, no one had had access to any of this. From my experience with both of them, this is the perfect match, like ham hocks and cornflakes.
This kind of personal content sets Dig If You Will. Dig If You Will the Picture, by Ben Greenman, a biography, of sorts, about Prince categorizes in a way that often feels sanitized, the work and life of the artist. Here, with the passion of an obsessive fan and the skills of a critic, journalist, and novelist, he mines his encyclopedic knowledge of Prince's music to present a biography and the story of the paradigm-shifting ideas that he communicated to his millions of fans around the world. They're about his breakup with Warner Bros. This book did not meet my literary expectations. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance to it the way that Greenman has.