“I’m not a woman, I’m not a man, I am something that you’ll never understand.”
Those lyrics, from Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U,” perhaps best encapsulate the gender-bending icon, who died this morning. No man has rocked heels better than Prince Rogers Nelson, the flashy performer known for his beloved purple guitar and chart-topping tunes.
Prince’s music reached generations of fans — from legendary tracks like “Purple Rain,” “1999” and “Little Red Corvette,” to lesser-known gems from a career spanning forty years.
The emotional centerpiece of the album – and widely regarded as one of the finest moments of Prince’s entire career – is side one’s epic closer, “Anna Stesia.” Prince has often straddled the line between sexuality and spirituality in his music, trying to marry love of God with the ecstasy of sex. “Anna Stesia” is the ultimate expression of this tension.
A phenomenal, self-determining talent, Prince has always been in a class of his own. Versatile, clever, and curious, he moves genres like he owns them: rock, soul, pop, psychedelia, hip hop, and always funk.
Prince was performing until the very end, having played a concert just last week in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 57.
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