There’s an Academic Conference on Prince Coming Next Month

It makes sense that since Prince was one of the most important musical figures of the last fifty years that he should be the subject of academic study. And it’s happening.

Scheduled for May 24-26, Purple Reign: An Interdisciplinary Conference On The Life And Legacy of Prince, is a three-day international academic conference. Hosts the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK, and the Department of Recording Industry, Middle Tennessee State University, promises that there will be much to discuss. Here’s an official statement:

Purple Reign presents a timely consideration of the cultural impact, iconic status of Prince and his global legacies across many media platforms. It will examine all aspects of his creative output and the ways in which it intersects with video, performance, literature, theatre, film, digital culture, design and fashion.

“We will address the issue of Prince’s significant influence and lasting appeal from a number of multi-disciplinary perspectives. We have welcomed scholars form across the globe, covering study fields of popular music and sound, gender and culture, television, film and celebrity studies, visual arts, performance studies, and digital media.

Speakers include Dez Dickerson who played guitar for Prince in The Revolution.

More details here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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