“Dig If You Will the Picture” by Ben Greenman
The Detroit Cast spoke with Ben Greenman about his book “Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince,” chronicling Prince’s indelible mark on music and culture. This book is a unique and kaleidoscopic look into the life, legacy, and electricity of the pop legend Prince and his wide ranging impact on our culture as Prince. Uniting a diverse audience while remaining singularly himself, Prince was a tireless artist, a musical virtuoso and chameleon, and a pop-culture prophet who shattered traditional ideas of race and gender, rewrote the rules of identity, and redefined the role of sex in pop music. With the passion of an obsessive fan and the skills of a critic, journalist, and novelist, Greenman mines his encyclopedic knowledge of Prince’s music to tell both his story and the story of the paradigm-shifting ideas that he communicated to his millions of fans around the world.