Solange, TV on the Radio, Questlove Set for Yale’s Bowie and Prince Celebration

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The four-day event remembers the icons through a series of talks, concerts, roundtables, and conversations.
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By Sheldon Pearce.

Yale University is planning a special conference called “Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign: Celebrating the Legacies of David Bowie and Prince,” which will remember the two late legends through a series of talks, concerts, roundtables, and conversations. According to a description, “lectures and roundtable discussions will examine how Bowie and Prince each championed aesthetic, social, and cultural freedom and rule-breaking in their respective repertoires and ultimately revolutionized racial, gender, and sexual identity politics in popular music culture.” The conference takes place from January 25-28. All events are free and open to the community.

Among the many events are conversations with Solange, Donny McCaslin, Sheila E., Questlove and Kimbra. “Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign” also features other talks about experimentalism, performance, sexuality, mortality, and borders. The conference closes with a TV on the Radio concert. Find the full itinerary and more information about the conference here. The series was put together by Yale professor and Pitchfork contributor Daphne A. Brooks. Read her review of Prince’s Controversy.

Read Pitchfork’s features, “Anthems for the Moon: David Bowie’s Sci-Fi Explorations” and “How Prince’s Androgynous Genius Changed the Way We Think About Music and Gender.”

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