His Purpleness …

21 Apr

… the impossible, the outrageously and stratospherically talented Artist Known as Prince has died this day. Sometimes it snows in April.

I just heard someone on the radio offer that “he played guitar as well as Hendrix, wrote songs as good as Dylan’s and broke as many artistic boundaries as Bowie”. I agree, but it needs one or two additions, such as that he danced as well as Jackson, sang as well as Springsteen and – by way of insistence on taking (flawless) control over production values and refusal to play the corporate game – showed a single minded commitment to artistic integrity going far beyond that of those other ‘difficult’ artists: Bob Dylan, Miles Davis and Van Morrison.


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