New Yorker: Prince was "his generation's most startling and dramatic guitarist"

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  1. Fatherflot

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    From "Remembering Prince" by Vinson Cunningham. May 2nd New Yorker

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/02/the-impenetrable-genius-of-prince

    p.s. - Does anyone here have insight into what the writer might have meant by "plainlike notes"?
     
  2. NorCal_Val

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    Disagree.
    But there's no denying his talent.
     
  3. cubistguitar

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    he meant plaintive, its a brain-fart typo thing
     
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    Wait. I look up "plainlike" and see:

    So I guess it was not a typo, but an unexpected word that continues the extended analogy comparing his playing to the navigation of a landscape. The solos start like jagged mountains and then descend into "plains." Looks like this writer does not ordinarily write about music.
     
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    I wonder what accolade they're going to hang on Prince next: First man on the moon? Discovered America? Cured cancer?
     
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    The culture of celebrity where what is most famous is by definition the best.
     
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    He didn't write best though.
     
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    He contructed a superlative: Prince is the most "fill-in-the-blank" = the best at whatever that thing is according to that author.

    So again I say, a culture of celebrity where the most famous (or close to it) somehow is the best and no time is better than a post-mortem to sound off on such things.

    Prince (or anyone else) can be great, pleasing to you or one of your favorites without the need to make these silly claims. "Dissonant bends" was a cute one in this article too by the way...

    It looks to me like more and more people who should know better do this all the time now and it's all a part of this culture of celebrating celebrities which has really picked up steam for a huge percentage of the population in the better off countries.
     
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    just as an aside : that seems to be how any "news" headline is constructed these days. use a bunch of superlatives or other marketing gimmicks (in the title) to get the audience to read.
     
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    The impact of death on our perceptions of the departed. Has there been a study on this ? I'm betting there is.
     
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    Prince gets this title because he is Prince. We all know that he was very talented and certainly deserves his fan base.

    That said, I've heard plenty of unknown guitarists in my time who could play just as well if not better in certain instances.
     
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    I like and respect Prince, but this "he was the greatest guitarist" thing is getting really old. He was a great artist with a great pocket when he played, but there are MANY guitarists that are better. It's like when Kurt Cobain died, a couple magazines said how great a guitarist he was. Which as great as Nirvana was, it wasn't Kurt's guitar playing that made them great!
     
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    Man, you're reading an awful lot into a single paragraph. And that's the paragraph that spins you into a culture of celebrity rant?

    The writer also describes Prince as a "genius" but you're reacting to that paragraph?

    For the record, I knew Prince was a really good guitarist long before he died. I saw him live.

    Best, greatest etc are matters of taste. And again that's not what the New Yorker wrote. How the hell would you try and describe someone's playing to a general audience? Remember you can't use any musical terms that readers might be unfamiliar with.
     
  14. Guitar Josh

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    Well EVH is in his generation, so no.
     
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    A real brain fart would have been to write "plaintiff"...

    Either way, imho it's la-di-da writing at its most insipid.
     
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    Barf. No, no, no.
    Talented man however. Haven't paid much attention to him since exactly 17 years ago.
     
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    Maybe "lakelike" would have been more accurate (?).
     
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    or maybe. . . .

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    Who from Prince's generation reached more people with their guitar playing?
     
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