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(PDF) Prince’s Sign o’ the Times by Michaelangelo Matos PDF

One of the greatest double albums of the vinyl era, Sign ‘O’ the Times shows Prince at his peak. Here, Michaelangelo Matos tells the story of how it emerged from an extraordinary period of creativity to become one of the landmark recordings of the 1980s. He also illustrates beautifully how – if a record is great enough and lucky enough to hit you at the right time – it can change your way of looking at the world.

 

From Booklist

 

A new entry in a series about famous LPs. Diminutive, purple-clad funkmeister Prince aimed for more than chart success and danceability in his work (though it had plenty of both), and Sign o’ the Times, one of his finest works, still sounds bold, adventurous, and edgy in ways that even critics too old to rock and roll appreciate. If Matos admits to being somewhat nonplussed at Prince’s shift in musical direction with Sign o’ the Times, his reminiscence of the milieu that midwifed this classic if not definitive Prince album is entirely welcome.

Mike Tribby

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“Refreshingly, Michaelangelo Matos’s gift is to confound his readers, forcing them to rethink ’80s pop politics without getting overly political… Matos critiques from two standpoints-the 13-year old kid and the 29-year old Rolling Stone contributor and Seattle Weekly editor-with a pure love for Sign and pop music in general. Rather than becoming an energy-draining exegesis, his exploration breathes unexpected life into the record. It’s inspired me to drop into Amoeba Music and retaste Sign, too.” —San Francisco Bay Guardian, 5/19/04

“[M]y favorite bit of new Prince product isn’t the fine Musicology but Michaelangelo Matos’ 121-page treatment of Sign as part of Continuum’s new 33 1/3 series, in which various writers tackle individual albums in long form…Matos identifies the factors that make Sign of particular relevance…” –The Memphis Flyer, 6/12/2004

“I consider it among the three of four best records I’ve every heard, which is why my favorite bit of new Prince product isn’t the fine musicology but Michaelangelo Matos’ 121-page treatment of Sign as part of Continuum’s new 33 1/3 series, in which various writers tackle individual albums in long form. I know [Matos] well enough to know that he holds Sign O’ the Times in the same esteem as I, but I don’t know him well enough to have prepared me for the shock of recognition that came from the first of the four ‘sides’ his Sign book is divided into. The rest of Matos fine little book steps back for a more critical take on both the album and Prince’s career in toto. Matos identifies the factors that make Sign of particular relevance.” -The Memphis Flyer, 6/12/04

“Both a student and a fan of Prince, Matos integrates the particulars of Prince’s rise to fame—including the release of the double LP Sign ‘O’ the Times—with an endearing and at times hilarious telling of his own coming of age in the suburbs of Prince’s Minneapolis.” —Mark Baumgarten, Willamette Week, 1/5/05. (PDF) Prince’s Sign o’ the Times

Extracts from the book featured in One Week To Live, 2007. (PDF) Prince’s Sign o’ the Times

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