Thursday, April 21, 2016

Why is one of Prince's primary influences (especially in the 1999 & Purple Reign era) NEVER mentioned, much less given credit for pioneering many aspects of the "Prince Persona".

The connection between this artist and Prince was unmistakable in the early 80's.  The emulation did fade thereafter. But the influence was a key component of Prince's rise to superstardom.  For some reason, many artists are credited for "groundbreaking work" that was "groundbreaking" when it was actually pioneered, 20 years (or more) prior. The same omission occurs around Lenny Kravitz - whose entire identity was nothing by more an a pathetic imitation. It's probably becoming clear that I'm talking about Jimi Hendrix. While every music artist will site Jimi as a primary influence and inspiration, fans and critics rarely if ever recognize the direct derivations of Jimi's art present in so many later artists. It was no secret that Prince idolized Jimi, but so much of the "shocking" and "edgy" aspects of Prince's early work were lifted directly from Jimi, over a decade before. Without Jimi, there would have been no Prince as we knew him,  there would've been no Lenny Kravitz whatsoever (that derivative piece of shit),  and honestly as much as I love Revere him, there would've been no Stevie Ray Vaughn.
 My point is sure every musician recognizes Jimi Hendrix as greatest rock guitarist to have ever lived and arguably the greatest rock artist. But this fact is largely ignored I the general music fan population and frankly, it's disgraceful.  If you love and revere Prince and don't see him as one of Hendrix's countless "children", it's time credit is given where it's due: educate yourself on the totality of Jimi Hendrix.
Does anyone else agree that Prince was primarily a blend of Jimi, Michael Jackson, and James Brown?  ...with a sprinkle of Little Richard 😊
Thank you Prince for the joyful summer of '84. Thank you for writing the soundtrack for some of my most cherished childhood & adolescent memories.

And for the record, LSD was a lot more significant in music back then, than is recognized. A LOT.

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