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4 May 2016

The Legacy of Prince

For the week of May 8, 2016

As Minnesotans continue to mourn the death of Prince, we discuss his legacy with Elliott H Powell, Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Powell currently teaches a class titled “Prince, Porn, and Public Space: The Cultural Politics of 1980s Minnesota.”

  • Part 1

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    (1:45) The reaction to Prince’s passing both here in Minnesota and around the world; (3:08) Why Prince is widely considered a genius; (5:48) Powell teaches a U of M class titled “Prince, Porn, and Public Space: The Cultural Politics of 1980s Minnesota;” (7:45) Students’ experience with Prince’s music before the class; (8:24) How Prince put Minneapolis on the map; (10:50) The Minneapolis Sound

  • Part 2

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    (1:05) Prince’s bands featured many women and people of color; (4:20) Controversies and “Darling Nikki;” (6:40) The Artist Formerly Known As Prince; (9:00) Prince as a one-man band; (10:50) Students’ reactions after the passing of Prince

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