Prince, Funk, Improvisation, and the Muse of Black Popular Music History
This presentation offers a comparison of two performances of “Alphabet Street,” the 1988 studio recording and a 2007 live performance, to examine how Prince engages in improvisation during live performance to reorient the perception of Black popular music history to privilege funk and to place his own work within that funk trajectory.
African American Studies | Music | Musicology
Valnes, Matthew, "Prince, Funk, Improvisation, and the Muse of Black Popular Music History" (2021). Content Presented at the First and Second Dayton Funk Symposia. 38.