Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex and God in the Music of Prince
Dig If U Will The Picture is a portrait of The Artist who will be remembered by many as the most seductive and enigmatic pop star of his generation. A year after Prince's death at the age of 57, acclaimed writer Ben Greenman brilliantly anatomizes the star's dramatic career and an aesthetic that at times seemed otherworldly. In thematically structured chapters that blend critical consideration of Prince's art with the author's personal connection to the music, this is a fitting memorial to a legendary performer: monumental, yet deeply intimate. Drawing on over 40 studio albums, a repertoire of 2,000 plus live shows, and close analysis of the unreleased highlights of the Vault, Dig If U Will the Picture is the definitive book on Prince's work.
'"A strong spirit transcends rules," Prince once said - and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative.' - President Barack Obama
Ben Greenman is a New York Times-bestselling author and New Yorker contributor who has written both fiction and non-fiction. 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. His journalism, criticism, and fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, McSweeneys, Rolling Stone, Miami New Times, and elsewhere, and his work has been widely anthologized.