Ben Greenman is a New York Times best-selling author and New Yorker contributor who has written both fiction and non-fiction. His novels and short story collections include “The Slippage” and “Superbad.” He was Questlove’s collaborator on “Mo’ Meta Blues” and “Something to Food About,” and he has written memoirs with George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Greenman’s journalism, criticism and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, Zoetrope, McSweeney’s, Miami New Times, and elsewhere, and his work has been widely anthologized. His most recent book is “Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince.”
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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, willfully contrary, experimental, or prolific 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.
A polymath in his own right who collaborated with George Clinton and Questlove on their celebrated memoirs, Greenman has been listening to and writing about Prince since the mid-eighties. Here, with the passion of an obsessive fan and the skills of a critic, journalist, and novelist, he 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. Greenman's take on Prince is the autobiography of a generation and its ideas. Asking a series of questions―not only “Who was Prince?” but “Who wasn’t he?” and “Who are we?”―Dig if You Will the Picture is a fitting tribute to an extraordinary talent.