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Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius in the Music of Prince Hardcover – April 11, 2017

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“When it comes to funk and words, lyrics and language, there couldn’t be a better pairing than Ben Greenman and Prince. From my experience with both of them, this is the perfect match, like ham hocks and cornflakes.”

―George Clinton

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?Prince’s genius is on full display here as Greenman remarks on his prolific music virtuosity, putting out an album once a year, and his obsessive dedication to saving every little scrap of his writing and recording to use again. Greenman’s brilliant book celebrates a musician who crammed substance into every corner of his music.?"?
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Praise for Ben Greenman

“Greenman understands the power of music all too well.” Newsday

"Incapable of writing anything dry or familiar or expected. He is one of the most versatile, consistently surprising writers at work today.” ―Dave Eggers

“Brilliant and wry” ―Karen Russell

“Greenman rarely plays a wrong chord.” New York Times

“He writes sentences so sharp they hurt.” ―Jess Walter

“What a fine and unique writer Ben Greenman is. I love his sentences, his precision. I feel like he’s absorbed and digested so much great literature, distilling it all to create his own fantastic universe of stories and ideas.” –Jonathan Ames

“Seriously brilliant and lyrical” ―Simon Van Booy

"Ben Greenman's mind contains, among other things, a literary critic, a cultural commentator, a cowboy, a satirist, a scientist, a surrealist, a nut, a genius, a child prodigy, and a poet." -Susan Minot

“Like Bruno Schulz, George Saunders, Donald Barthelme, and no one else I can think of, Greenman has the power to be whimsical without resorting to whimsy.” ―Darin Strauss

“Light-stepping and hard-hitting Greenman gets it right” ― Walter Mosley

About the Author

Ben Greenman is a New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor who has written both fiction and nonfiction. 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 and Brian Wilson. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, McSweeney's, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Henry Holt and Co.; Annotated edition (April 11, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250128374
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250128379
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.3 x 1.05 x 8.63 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 173 ratings

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Ben Greenman is a New York Times-bestselling author who has written both fiction and nonfiction. He is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including the novel The Slippage and the short-story collections What He’s Poised to Do and Superbad. He is the co-author of the bestselling Mo' Meta Blues with Questlove, the bestselling I Am Brian Wilson with Brian Wilson, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You? with George Clinton, and more. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post, Paris Review, Zoetrope: All Story, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere, and have been widely anthologized. His most recent book is Dig If You Will The Picture, a meditation on the life and career of Prince.

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