Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince

Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince

A unique and kaleidoscopic look into the life, legacy, and electricity of the pop legend Prince and his wideranging impact on our culture Ben Greenman, New York Times bestselling author, contributing writer to the New Yorker, and owner of thousands of recordings of Prince and Prince-related songs, knows intimately that there has never been a rock star as vibrant, mercurial, A unique and kaleidoscopic look into the life, legacy, and electricity of the pop legend Prince and his wideranging i...

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Title:Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince
Author:Ben Greenman
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Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince Reviews

  • Alicen
    Feb 01, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

  • Donna Bennett
    Jun 20, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

    Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book, filled with anecdotes and details - some well-known and others unknown - about the legendary Prince. I loved the passion of the author, and the sheer respect he showed for the artist. ...

    I *loved* it. Not a conventional biography but a meta-bio run through the lens of Prince's music and creative output. Also I learned that for 35 years I had not realised Prince doesn't start singing until the third line of '1999'. (It's Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson.) THE MORE YOU L...

    Disappointed. Numerous inaccuracies throughout, and for a true Prince fam, no new insight here. :( ...

    Author: Ben Greenman Title: Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Media Unabridged Length of Production: 8 discs/9 hours Year of Publication: 2017 In 2013, National Geographic aired a series enti...

    This book was my favorite Father's Day gift, and I devoured it in a week -- it's that good. Ben Greenman, a journalist who has worked with George Clinton and other music stars, is a die-hard but clear-eyed Prince fan of longstanding who, upon the Purple One's tragic and needless death ...

    This is a very heartfelt and fair biography of Prince Rogers Nelson, who died suddenly from an accidental overdose of an opioid in 2016, after a powerful and influential 38-year musical career. I say heartfelt because Greenman inserts himself often in the story, for example, telling th...

    I received this book via LibraryThing.com Early Reviewers. This book did not meet my literary expectations. I wasn't a big fan of Prince and the artist formerly known as and I didn't understand the direction his music was leading me too. However, I like the cover art of the book and th...

  • Don Gorman
    Oct 04, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

  • Sam Baber
    May 27, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

  • Mary
    Oct 21, 2018

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

    Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book, filled with anecdotes and details - some well-known and others unknown - about the legendary Prince. I loved the passion of the author, and the sheer respect he showed for the artist. ...

    I *loved* it. Not a conventional biography but a meta-bio run through the lens of Prince's music and creative output. Also I learned that for 35 years I had not realised Prince doesn't start singing until the third line of '1999'. (It's Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson.) THE MORE YOU L...

    Disappointed. Numerous inaccuracies throughout, and for a true Prince fam, no new insight here. :( ...

    Author: Ben Greenman Title: Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Media Unabridged Length of Production: 8 discs/9 hours Year of Publication: 2017 In 2013, National Geographic aired a series enti...

    This book was my favorite Father's Day gift, and I devoured it in a week -- it's that good. Ben Greenman, a journalist who has worked with George Clinton and other music stars, is a die-hard but clear-eyed Prince fan of longstanding who, upon the Purple One's tragic and needless death ...

    This is a very heartfelt and fair biography of Prince Rogers Nelson, who died suddenly from an accidental overdose of an opioid in 2016, after a powerful and influential 38-year musical career. I say heartfelt because Greenman inserts himself often in the story, for example, telling th...

    I received this book via LibraryThing.com Early Reviewers. This book did not meet my literary expectations. I wasn't a big fan of Prince and the artist formerly known as and I didn't understand the direction his music was leading me too. However, I like the cover art of the book and th...

    On April 21, 2016, I woke up from a nap to several texts from friends and family expressing their sympathies. I immediately jumped on Twitter (as one does for hard facts) and read Prince was pronounced dead. I searched the news and correspondents to find that it was, in fact, true. My ...

    So I was hoping to hear about PRINCE himself more than a detailed breakdown of each album/song. I did NOT love this book and the author - IMO - came across as mildly obsessed. While I have no doubt that Prince was a talented and may have had a high level of business acumen - I did feel...

    An interesting study by an educated fan, Greenman delves into the cultural relevance of the music, a personal story from his view, and a general overview of Prince as a person. The music is the main focus here. Much of what is written about the artist's personal life is what was discov...

    Like me, Ben Greenman became a Prince obsessive during his run of amazing success in the early 80s. Like me, he felt he had to explain to people why he loved Prince and his music so much. And like me, he continued to follow his career right through to his tragic, senseless death in 201...

    Pretty good! One of the better Prince books I've read, in terms of combining the author's personal/emotional/historical narrative with interesting/new information. I have to say, it feels like the publishing of this was a little rushed. There are parts that were obviously crafted years...

    Caveat: I listened to the audiobook version. Ben Greenman?s musings on Prince?s life, music, and overarching themes that played out in both is thoughtfully-written and interesting overall. The thing that gives Greenman a depth of insight into Prince (his enduring love for h...

  • Asa Wilder
    May 20, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

    Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book, filled with anecdotes and details - some well-known and others unknown - about the legendary Prince. I loved the passion of the author, and the sheer respect he showed for the artist. ...

    I *loved* it. Not a conventional biography but a meta-bio run through the lens of Prince's music and creative output. Also I learned that for 35 years I had not realised Prince doesn't start singing until the third line of '1999'. (It's Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson.) THE MORE YOU L...

    Disappointed. Numerous inaccuracies throughout, and for a true Prince fam, no new insight here. :( ...

    Author: Ben Greenman Title: Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Media Unabridged Length of Production: 8 discs/9 hours Year of Publication: 2017 In 2013, National Geographic aired a series enti...

    This book was my favorite Father's Day gift, and I devoured it in a week -- it's that good. Ben Greenman, a journalist who has worked with George Clinton and other music stars, is a die-hard but clear-eyed Prince fan of longstanding who, upon the Purple One's tragic and needless death ...

    This is a very heartfelt and fair biography of Prince Rogers Nelson, who died suddenly from an accidental overdose of an opioid in 2016, after a powerful and influential 38-year musical career. I say heartfelt because Greenman inserts himself often in the story, for example, telling th...

    I received this book via LibraryThing.com Early Reviewers. This book did not meet my literary expectations. I wasn't a big fan of Prince and the artist formerly known as and I didn't understand the direction his music was leading me too. However, I like the cover art of the book and th...

    On April 21, 2016, I woke up from a nap to several texts from friends and family expressing their sympathies. I immediately jumped on Twitter (as one does for hard facts) and read Prince was pronounced dead. I searched the news and correspondents to find that it was, in fact, true. My ...

    So I was hoping to hear about PRINCE himself more than a detailed breakdown of each album/song. I did NOT love this book and the author - IMO - came across as mildly obsessed. While I have no doubt that Prince was a talented and may have had a high level of business acumen - I did feel...

    An interesting study by an educated fan, Greenman delves into the cultural relevance of the music, a personal story from his view, and a general overview of Prince as a person. The music is the main focus here. Much of what is written about the artist's personal life is what was discov...

    Like me, Ben Greenman became a Prince obsessive during his run of amazing success in the early 80s. Like me, he felt he had to explain to people why he loved Prince and his music so much. And like me, he continued to follow his career right through to his tragic, senseless death in 201...

    Pretty good! One of the better Prince books I've read, in terms of combining the author's personal/emotional/historical narrative with interesting/new information. I have to say, it feels like the publishing of this was a little rushed. There are parts that were obviously crafted years...

  • FunkMaster General
    Dec 02, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

  • Anita Dawson
    Feb 28, 2018

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

  • Steven King
    Sep 20, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

    Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book, filled with anecdotes and details - some well-known and others unknown - about the legendary Prince. I loved the passion of the author, and the sheer respect he showed for the artist. ...

    I *loved* it. Not a conventional biography but a meta-bio run through the lens of Prince's music and creative output. Also I learned that for 35 years I had not realised Prince doesn't start singing until the third line of '1999'. (It's Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson.) THE MORE YOU L...

    Disappointed. Numerous inaccuracies throughout, and for a true Prince fam, no new insight here. :( ...

    Author: Ben Greenman Title: Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Media Unabridged Length of Production: 8 discs/9 hours Year of Publication: 2017 In 2013, National Geographic aired a series enti...

  • Jayne Lamb
    Aug 17, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

    Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book, filled with anecdotes and details - some well-known and others unknown - about the legendary Prince. I loved the passion of the author, and the sheer respect he showed for the artist. ...

    I *loved* it. Not a conventional biography but a meta-bio run through the lens of Prince's music and creative output. Also I learned that for 35 years I had not realised Prince doesn't start singing until the third line of '1999'. (It's Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson.) THE MORE YOU L...

  • Amy
    May 09, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

    Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book, filled with anecdotes and details - some well-known and others unknown - about the legendary Prince. I loved the passion of the author, and the sheer respect he showed for the artist. ...

    I *loved* it. Not a conventional biography but a meta-bio run through the lens of Prince's music and creative output. Also I learned that for 35 years I had not realised Prince doesn't start singing until the third line of '1999'. (It's Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson.) THE MORE YOU L...

    Disappointed. Numerous inaccuracies throughout, and for a true Prince fam, no new insight here. :( ...

  • Craig Pittman
    Jun 25, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

    Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book, filled with anecdotes and details - some well-known and others unknown - about the legendary Prince. I loved the passion of the author, and the sheer respect he showed for the artist. ...

    I *loved* it. Not a conventional biography but a meta-bio run through the lens of Prince's music and creative output. Also I learned that for 35 years I had not realised Prince doesn't start singing until the third line of '1999'. (It's Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson.) THE MORE YOU L...

    Disappointed. Numerous inaccuracies throughout, and for a true Prince fam, no new insight here. :( ...

    Author: Ben Greenman Title: Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Media Unabridged Length of Production: 8 discs/9 hours Year of Publication: 2017 In 2013, National Geographic aired a series enti...

    This book was my favorite Father's Day gift, and I devoured it in a week -- it's that good. Ben Greenman, a journalist who has worked with George Clinton and other music stars, is a die-hard but clear-eyed Prince fan of longstanding who, upon the Purple One's tragic and needless death ...

  • ElphaReads
    Jun 04, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

  • Julie
    Sep 04, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

  • Simon Sweetman
    Nov 22, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

  • Sarah
    Mar 07, 2019

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

    Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book, filled with anecdotes and details - some well-known and others unknown - about the legendary Prince. I loved the passion of the author, and the sheer respect he showed for the artist. ...

    I *loved* it. Not a conventional biography but a meta-bio run through the lens of Prince's music and creative output. Also I learned that for 35 years I had not realised Prince doesn't start singing until the third line of '1999'. (It's Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson.) THE MORE YOU L...

    Disappointed. Numerous inaccuracies throughout, and for a true Prince fam, no new insight here. :( ...

    Author: Ben Greenman Title: Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Media Unabridged Length of Production: 8 discs/9 hours Year of Publication: 2017 In 2013, National Geographic aired a series enti...

    This book was my favorite Father's Day gift, and I devoured it in a week -- it's that good. Ben Greenman, a journalist who has worked with George Clinton and other music stars, is a die-hard but clear-eyed Prince fan of longstanding who, upon the Purple One's tragic and needless death ...

    This is a very heartfelt and fair biography of Prince Rogers Nelson, who died suddenly from an accidental overdose of an opioid in 2016, after a powerful and influential 38-year musical career. I say heartfelt because Greenman inserts himself often in the story, for example, telling th...

    I received this book via LibraryThing.com Early Reviewers. This book did not meet my literary expectations. I wasn't a big fan of Prince and the artist formerly known as and I didn't understand the direction his music was leading me too. However, I like the cover art of the book and th...

    On April 21, 2016, I woke up from a nap to several texts from friends and family expressing their sympathies. I immediately jumped on Twitter (as one does for hard facts) and read Prince was pronounced dead. I searched the news and correspondents to find that it was, in fact, true. My ...

    So I was hoping to hear about PRINCE himself more than a detailed breakdown of each album/song. I did NOT love this book and the author - IMO - came across as mildly obsessed. While I have no doubt that Prince was a talented and may have had a high level of business acumen - I did feel...

  • Caterina Pierre
    Nov 05, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

    Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book, filled with anecdotes and details - some well-known and others unknown - about the legendary Prince. I loved the passion of the author, and the sheer respect he showed for the artist. ...

    I *loved* it. Not a conventional biography but a meta-bio run through the lens of Prince's music and creative output. Also I learned that for 35 years I had not realised Prince doesn't start singing until the third line of '1999'. (It's Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson.) THE MORE YOU L...

    Disappointed. Numerous inaccuracies throughout, and for a true Prince fam, no new insight here. :( ...

    Author: Ben Greenman Title: Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Media Unabridged Length of Production: 8 discs/9 hours Year of Publication: 2017 In 2013, National Geographic aired a series enti...

    This book was my favorite Father's Day gift, and I devoured it in a week -- it's that good. Ben Greenman, a journalist who has worked with George Clinton and other music stars, is a die-hard but clear-eyed Prince fan of longstanding who, upon the Purple One's tragic and needless death ...

    This is a very heartfelt and fair biography of Prince Rogers Nelson, who died suddenly from an accidental overdose of an opioid in 2016, after a powerful and influential 38-year musical career. I say heartfelt because Greenman inserts himself often in the story, for example, telling th...

  • Jamie Lyon
    Apr 19, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

  • Christa Van
    May 28, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

    Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book, filled with anecdotes and details - some well-known and others unknown - about the legendary Prince. I loved the passion of the author, and the sheer respect he showed for the artist. ...

    I *loved* it. Not a conventional biography but a meta-bio run through the lens of Prince's music and creative output. Also I learned that for 35 years I had not realised Prince doesn't start singing until the third line of '1999'. (It's Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson.) THE MORE YOU L...

    Disappointed. Numerous inaccuracies throughout, and for a true Prince fam, no new insight here. :( ...

    Author: Ben Greenman Title: Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Media Unabridged Length of Production: 8 discs/9 hours Year of Publication: 2017 In 2013, National Geographic aired a series enti...

    This book was my favorite Father's Day gift, and I devoured it in a week -- it's that good. Ben Greenman, a journalist who has worked with George Clinton and other music stars, is a die-hard but clear-eyed Prince fan of longstanding who, upon the Purple One's tragic and needless death ...

    This is a very heartfelt and fair biography of Prince Rogers Nelson, who died suddenly from an accidental overdose of an opioid in 2016, after a powerful and influential 38-year musical career. I say heartfelt because Greenman inserts himself often in the story, for example, telling th...

    I received this book via LibraryThing.com Early Reviewers. This book did not meet my literary expectations. I wasn't a big fan of Prince and the artist formerly known as and I didn't understand the direction his music was leading me too. However, I like the cover art of the book and th...

    On April 21, 2016, I woke up from a nap to several texts from friends and family expressing their sympathies. I immediately jumped on Twitter (as one does for hard facts) and read Prince was pronounced dead. I searched the news and correspondents to find that it was, in fact, true. My ...

    So I was hoping to hear about PRINCE himself more than a detailed breakdown of each album/song. I did NOT love this book and the author - IMO - came across as mildly obsessed. While I have no doubt that Prince was a talented and may have had a high level of business acumen - I did feel...

    An interesting study by an educated fan, Greenman delves into the cultural relevance of the music, a personal story from his view, and a general overview of Prince as a person. The music is the main focus here. Much of what is written about the artist's personal life is what was discov...

  • Missy Michaels
    Oct 11, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

  • Meg
    Jun 09, 2018

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

  • Mike Balsom
    Feb 08, 2019

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

    Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book, filled with anecdotes and details - some well-known and others unknown - about the legendary Prince. I loved the passion of the author, and the sheer respect he showed for the artist. ...

    I *loved* it. Not a conventional biography but a meta-bio run through the lens of Prince's music and creative output. Also I learned that for 35 years I had not realised Prince doesn't start singing until the third line of '1999'. (It's Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson.) THE MORE YOU L...

    Disappointed. Numerous inaccuracies throughout, and for a true Prince fam, no new insight here. :( ...

    Author: Ben Greenman Title: Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Media Unabridged Length of Production: 8 discs/9 hours Year of Publication: 2017 In 2013, National Geographic aired a series enti...

    This book was my favorite Father's Day gift, and I devoured it in a week -- it's that good. Ben Greenman, a journalist who has worked with George Clinton and other music stars, is a die-hard but clear-eyed Prince fan of longstanding who, upon the Purple One's tragic and needless death ...

    This is a very heartfelt and fair biography of Prince Rogers Nelson, who died suddenly from an accidental overdose of an opioid in 2016, after a powerful and influential 38-year musical career. I say heartfelt because Greenman inserts himself often in the story, for example, telling th...

    I received this book via LibraryThing.com Early Reviewers. This book did not meet my literary expectations. I wasn't a big fan of Prince and the artist formerly known as and I didn't understand the direction his music was leading me too. However, I like the cover art of the book and th...

    On April 21, 2016, I woke up from a nap to several texts from friends and family expressing their sympathies. I immediately jumped on Twitter (as one does for hard facts) and read Prince was pronounced dead. I searched the news and correspondents to find that it was, in fact, true. My ...

    So I was hoping to hear about PRINCE himself more than a detailed breakdown of each album/song. I did NOT love this book and the author - IMO - came across as mildly obsessed. While I have no doubt that Prince was a talented and may have had a high level of business acumen - I did feel...

    An interesting study by an educated fan, Greenman delves into the cultural relevance of the music, a personal story from his view, and a general overview of Prince as a person. The music is the main focus here. Much of what is written about the artist's personal life is what was discov...

    Like me, Ben Greenman became a Prince obsessive during his run of amazing success in the early 80s. Like me, he felt he had to explain to people why he loved Prince and his music so much. And like me, he continued to follow his career right through to his tragic, senseless death in 201...

  • J Beckett
    Oct 28, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

  • Megan
    Feb 09, 2018

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

  • Erin
    Jun 04, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

  • Sophie
    Mar 29, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

    Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book, filled with anecdotes and details - some well-known and others unknown - about the legendary Prince. I loved the passion of the author, and the sheer respect he showed for the artist. ...

  • Devin Ortiz
    Jan 19, 2018

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...

    Great writing, really great writing. And a wise - thoughtful - look back at the genius and mystery and magic of Prince. ...

    (1) I picked this up in my never ending quest to keep up with the music world. Boy, was I disappointed. I had not expected a song by song (just about) relativity lesson for all of Prince's works. I have heard a fair amount of his music, like some of it, but never affixed the importance...

    Around 3.5 . . . mayhaps 3.499, but I round up anyhoo . . . enjoyable, informative, a little scattershot. Like the artist. Seems many folks didn't know what they were getting & down-rated it. Kind of a critical "biography" of the music moreso than the man. Musicography? ...

    Books that are written about an icon harbors expectations that often exceed reality; infusing an image of a giant with the curiosity and mystery of their journey to stardom. Readers want to get the details that would otherwise remain unknown. Several months ago I wrote a blog about one...

    Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book, filled with anecdotes and details - some well-known and others unknown - about the legendary Prince. I loved the passion of the author, and the sheer respect he showed for the artist. ...

    I *loved* it. Not a conventional biography but a meta-bio run through the lens of Prince's music and creative output. Also I learned that for 35 years I had not realised Prince doesn't start singing until the third line of '1999'. (It's Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson.) THE MORE YOU L...

    Disappointed. Numerous inaccuracies throughout, and for a true Prince fam, no new insight here. :( ...

    Author: Ben Greenman Title: Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Media Unabridged Length of Production: 8 discs/9 hours Year of Publication: 2017 In 2013, National Geographic aired a series enti...

    This book was my favorite Father's Day gift, and I devoured it in a week -- it's that good. Ben Greenman, a journalist who has worked with George Clinton and other music stars, is a die-hard but clear-eyed Prince fan of longstanding who, upon the Purple One's tragic and needless death ...

    This is a very heartfelt and fair biography of Prince Rogers Nelson, who died suddenly from an accidental overdose of an opioid in 2016, after a powerful and influential 38-year musical career. I say heartfelt because Greenman inserts himself often in the story, for example, telling th...

    I received this book via LibraryThing.com Early Reviewers. This book did not meet my literary expectations. I wasn't a big fan of Prince and the artist formerly known as and I didn't understand the direction his music was leading me too. However, I like the cover art of the book and th...

    On April 21, 2016, I woke up from a nap to several texts from friends and family expressing their sympathies. I immediately jumped on Twitter (as one does for hard facts) and read Prince was pronounced dead. I searched the news and correspondents to find that it was, in fact, true. My ...

  • Bookforum Magazine
    Mar 30, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

  • Jessica Joye
    Jul 16, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

  • Juan Canas
    Jun 20, 2017

    Dig if you Will, The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman is a 2017 Henry Holt & Company publication. ?Science-fiction authors have played around with the idea of extreme longevity and what effect it might have on the human psyche, specu...

    This not a biography. If you are looking for a biography about the life of Prince I would recommend Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia's book. Dig If You Will The Picture is an analytical and intellectual look at Prince's impact on music, film, fashion, and culture. Ben Greenman is ...

    There was something about this book that I do not think any other Prince book I could ever read will ever touch, the personal aspect. I don't mean the person aspect in regards to actually knowing Prince. What I mean is the actual personal aspect as a fan. Greenman is truly a fan of Pri...

    "It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him?each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day. But any account that stresses Prince's solitary inventivene...

    I would like to begin this review by saying this book took almost a week longer for me to finish than other books, and it's only 261 pages. I will not let how long it took to read it color my review though. That being said, this isn't a binge-readable book to me. It took forever to g...

    Short on facts, long on opinions. Just not what I was expecting. ...

    Not what I expected. I should have read the cover of the book better. I was drawn in by the cool picture and the cool title because I enjoy reading biographies. This is not that. My first clue was when I flipped to the center to look at the pages filled with photos documenting the life...

    Even though Greenman's approach can appear scattered at times, this is an indispensable text for the long time Prince lover or the curious who want to explore the genius of his music. Strongly recommend having the songs discussed playing in real time while you read about them for a ric...

    Just pre-ordered my copy! ...

    Well written account of Princes music, gives some insight of the man but is definitely not a biography ...

    Like many people, the day that Prince died was a day that absolutely devastated me. Not only was he our hometown hero here in Minneapolis, he was a musical genius whose music will live on to be remembered as extraordinary. To say the very least. And yes, this Minnesotan has her own 'Pr...

    I love reading the background genius of the Purple One. So many artists have benefited because of his genius. As the author indicated that the flowers that Prince planted in his garden are continuing to grow in the music that we listen to today. ...

    A fan boy's overview of Prince's musical career. I didn't come away from it feeling like I knew Prince any better but he's a talented writer so it was an easy read. ...