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55 is apparently the new 40 because Prince is looking fabulous on the cover of V Magazine’s summer issue. Prince’s ever-changing hair is coiffed in a tight afro worthy of making Florida Evans jealous.
With new band, 3RDEYEGIRL, a new rock band that he assembled himself, in tow, the singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and actor shows no signs of slowing down his career and even woos crowds twice a night on for two-hour sets each on his latest tour.
But don’t get any bright ideas; you will not get pictures of Prince in action because there is a strict no cellphone and no camera policy. If you are caught with one, it is ejection first, ask questions later. In an age where everyone is snapping photos and posting them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it is natural to want to grab a few choice shots of Prince in action, but Prince says, “I can’t see your face when you’ve got technology in front of it.” You can’t argue with that kind of logic.
In The Issue
Prince chats with V Magazine about religion, sex, and of course, rock and roll. The interview covers his musical accolades, and reminds viewers that Prince is not one to be easily labeled.
A devout Jehovah’s Witness since 2001, he writes music that is explicit about both Jesus and sexual desire. He’s a black man with light skin who usually dresses in clothes that seem inspired by female icons, from Twiggy to Marie Antoinette. A heterosexual man who deeply worships sexually confident women, he nonetheless wants to dominate them.
Confusing? Nah. Prince is a rock star and laughs at those who try to put him in a box. He is so far out of the box that it often takes people years to understand the man, the music, and especially his style. He is multi-talented, multi-cultural, and some would say multi-sexual (if you can be that).
Prince has been a semi-private artist for as long as I can remember. I recall going to see Purple Rain in the theater simply because I couldn’t believe he was talking! Don’t’ laugh, for years Prince refused to do interviews or even speak when he did agree to one. It was bizzare, it was unusual, it was somewhat fascinating. How can you be an artist and not talk?
“People have sold my interviews.”
Oh, well then that explains it. One of my favorite songs of his is “Old Friends for Sale,” which is alleged to be about his old friends Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis of The Time and former bodyguard Big Chick Huntsberry who supposedly sold Prince out to a tabloid. It certainly helps to understand why Prince holds onto his music so tightly.
In fact, Prince has refused to allow sites such a YouTube to play his videos, and he is so serious that has the video-sharing website along with Ebay and Piratebay for copyright infringement. At one time, Prince was accused of targeting various website owners for unauthorized use of his images and to his fans’ chagrin, the artist mainly offered his new music for sale on his own websites. Although it can be hard to put a leash on technology, I can understand the man wanting to maintain some control and artistic integrity about his music and his image.
So although is past control efforts gained Prince a reputation of being a selfish, egotistical artist, these days Prince says it is no longer about him.
“I’m trying to get these women’s careers started, because they’re all so talented. It’s not even about me anymore.”
The article mentions that ‘the musicians in 3RDEYEGIRL have a background in jazz improvisation, so they’re able to react quickly to Prince’s lead when he’s composing, which is impressive because Prince is known to bang out several songs very quickly. It has been reported that the vault is not just an album, it is a true vault that contains a catalogue fully produced songs and music videos that have yet to be released to the public.
“This organization is diferent [sic] than most, in the sense that we don’t take directions from the outside world. It’s like a galaxy. The sun is in the center giving of energy, and everything revolves around it. The sun is information. Nobody really talks to me. Nobody talks to me a lot. I talk to her. She talks to you. And so on and so forth. If I trust her, then you can trust her.”
Sounds to me like a ridiculous game of cat and mouse. You can check out the rest of the interview at www.vmagazine.com.