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Interview with Susannah Melvoin

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Reply #1 posted 06/30/19 8:47am

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Interesting to 'hear' Susannah speak. I've read other interviews and writing now about this interview, while I haven't consulted those others recently, she seems the same, very matter-of-fact, brutally honest in a way that can be startling. I've read people's criticisms of her selling items from her time with PRN, and yet, if I remember, she said she needed to pass them on to people who would value them and keep them carefully because her children weren't interested in that. I always come up short, startled, when she mentions understanding people's reactions to Prince's passing by making a comparison with her own favorite artist, Bowie. Her relationship with Prince (muse, amor) was much more complicated and immersed and present in all its glory and difficulty, I suppose, for Prince to be her favorite artist. Plus, she came to him after this earlier infatuation with Bowie, which she refers to as starting in her teens. I love how she speaks of Prince's creativity, the portal aspect. The deep respect is there. But it's also very honest and revealing how she speaks of his not being a communicator... His life, his work; his work, his life. And, it falls in similarly with how other women who were his intimates speak. I'm recalling something from Mayte's book; one of her first meetings with him when he didn't speak to her at all. He lay on a couch and simply stayed there uncommunicative; she wondered at this curious situation, stayed for a time. The muse aspect is interesting. Some have criticized Prince in his later years for always having young, beautiful women around him. In some way, I speculate, he needed that unique inspiration of youth, a connection to his own path with a beginning that would lead to he knew not where.

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