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The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography

For many, Prince remains an enigmatic character, larger than life. This month, the star comes a little closer to Earth in a new book by journalist Touré in I Would Die 4 U.

In three long essays, Touré explores Prince as a talented kid from Minneapolis in "Prince's Rosebud," a sex symbol in "The King of Porn Chic," and lastly a spiritual man in "I'm Your Messiah." In each of these extended chapters, the author delves deep into Prince's psyche through the accounts of people who were close to the icon at one point. From Prince's brutally lonely childhood filled with neglect, abuse, and constantly moving around to the star's feelings on race in the music industry, Touré's examination of the Prince's background provides readers with a well-rounded picture of the man as exactly that -- a man.

Touré does indulge in some pretty long tangents while merely skimming the surface of other topics, but the aim of the book remains the same, giving both basic Prince fans and Prince worshippers a well-versed account at the artist's life and motivations. The author's insider interviews, first-hand accounts, and astute pop-culture analysis make for an overall insightful, funny, and touching look at Prince that has musicians like Questlove and Q-Tip singing its praises.

We collected some of the juiciest, most intriguing bits of Prince-centric trivia from Touré's book for you.

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20. "Game... Blouses." It's real... sort of. At least, Prince is a damn good basketball player.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


19. Prince's brilliance comes from being Mozart reincarnated. Obviously.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography

18. He's had his fair share of stuff thrown at him.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


17. Including old chicken. (Seriously, who throws chicken at a concert? Come on guys.)

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


16. Prince loves to give baths. Probably more than he likes sex.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography

 

15. Prince said "Whatever" to his yearbook.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


14. He's a fan of surprise softball days.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


13. Fear and love go hand in hand when talking about certain Florentine writers... and Prince.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


12. He's always been a jerk about throwing guitars after mind-blowing performances. (Catch Prince smashing Captain Kirk Douglas's beautiful 1961 Epiphone Crestwood on Jimmy Fallon's show here.)

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


11. You don't call Prince. He calls you... even when you're married to him.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography

 

10. He uses emoticons. ;)

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


9. He's a huge fan of the Sly and the Family Stone band formula.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


8. Really, you don't call Prince. Not even when you're talking to him in person.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


7. Seven.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


6. He's more conservative than you might think.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography

 

5. He's ridiculously fast.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


4. He's always been "allergic" to recording devices.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


3. Prince started honing his image in high school.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


2. Some people have verbal diarrhea, not him.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography


1. Prince has some pretty powerful fans upstairs.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography

I Would Die 4 U is now available at bookstores and online.

The 20 juiciest tidbits from Touré's new Prince biography

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