Well I guess that's a hazard of not allowing tape recorders to get exact
quotes.

<Moderator: Well 50 is pretty old. Maybe Prince forgot he said these things?  
-Derek>

On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 12:27 PM, <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Statement from Prince's people denying article on
www.dr.funkenberry.comright now.
> Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile
>
> <Moderator: That is pretty assuming. That is a whole lot of effort to make
> a Prince article for the New Yorker... -Derek>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ZA <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>
> Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 11:14:31
> To: <npny@lists.panix.com>
> Subject: NPNY: New Yorker (11/24/08): Soup With Prince
>
>
> [This article just started making its rounds on the net... nothing really
> surprising for those who have been following Prince's religious life over
> the past decade or so.  Still, don't recall reading such direct & candid
> statements before re: politics/religion/Republicans/Democrats.--NPS]
>
> http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2008/11/24/081124ta_talk_hoffman
>
> Soup With Prince
> by Claire Hoffman November 24, 2008
> New Yorker
>
> The thirty-thousand-square-foot Italianate villa, built this century by
> Vanna White's ex-husband, looks like many of the other houses in Beverly
> Park, a gated community in L.A., except for the bright-purple carpet that
> spills down the front steps to announce its new tenant: Prince. One
> afternoon just before the election, Prince invited a visitor over. Inside,
> the place was done up in a generic Mediterranean style, although there were
> personal flourishes here and there a 
> Lucite grand piano
> with a gold-colored
> "Artist Formerly Known as Prince" symbol suspended over it, purple paisley
> pillows on a couch. Candles scented the air, and New Age music played in
> the
> living room, where a TV screen showed images of bearded men playing flutes.
> Prince padded into the kitchen, a small fifty-year-old man in yoga pants
> and
> a big sweater, wearing platform flip-flops over white socks, like a geisha.
>
> "Would you like something to eat?" he asked, sidling up to the counter.
> Prince's voice was surprisingly deep, like that of a much larger man. He
> picked up a copy of "21 Nights," a glossy volume of photographs that he had
> just released. It is his first published book, a collection of highly
> stylized photographs of him taken during a series of gigs in London last
> year. "I'm really proud of this," he said. Short original poems and a CD
> accompany the photographs. (Sample verse: "Who eye really am only time will
> tell/ 2 the almighty life 4ce that grows stronger with every chorus/ Yes
> give praise, lest ye b among . . . the guilty ones.")
>
> Limping slightly, Prince set off on a walk around his new bachelor pad.
> Glass doors opened onto acres of back yard, and a hot tub bubbled in the
> sunlight. "I have a lot of parties," he explained. In the living room, he'd
> installed purple thrones on either side of a fireplace, and, nearby, along
> a
> hallway, he had hung photographs of himself, in a Moroccan villa, in
> various
> states of undress. At the end of the hall, a gauzy curtain fluttered in a
> doorway. "My room," he said. "It's private."
>
> Prince has lived in Los Angeles since last spring, after spending years in
> Minneapolis, holding court in a complex called Paisley Park, where he made
> thousands of songs, far away from the big labels. Seven years ago, he
> became
> a Jehovah's Witness. He said that he had moved to L.A. so that he could
> understand the hearts and minds of the music moguls. "I wanted to be around
> people, connected to people, for work," he said. "You know, it's all about
> religion. That's what unites people here. They all have the same religion,
> so I wanted to sit down with them, to understand the way they see things,
> how they read Scripture."
>
> Prince had his change of faith, he said, after a two-year-long debate with
> a
> musician friend, Larry Graham. "I don't see it really as a conversion," he
> said. "More, you know, it's a realization. It's like Morpheus and Neo in
> 'The Matrix.' " He attends meetings at a local Kingdom Hall, and, like his
> fellow-witnesses, he leaves his gated community from time to time to knock
> on doors and proselytize. "Sometimes people act surprised, but mostly
> they're really cool about it," he said.
>
> Recently, Prince hosted an executive who works for Philip Anschutz, the
> Christian businessman whose company owns the Staples Center. "We started
> talking red and blue," Prince said. "People with 
> moneyâ€â€Â
> money like that are
> not affected by the stock market, and they're not freaking out over
> anything. They're just watching. So here's how it is: you've got the
> Republicans, and basically they want to live according to this." He pointed
> to a Bible. "But there's the problem of interpretation, and you've got some
> churches, some people, basically doing things and saying it comes from
> here,
> but it doesn't. And then on the opposite end of the spectrum you've got
> blue, you've got the Democrats, and they're, like, 'You can do whatever you
> want.' Gay marriage, whatever. But neither of them is right."
>
> When asked about his perspective on social 
> issues gay
> marriage,
> abortion Prince tapped his Bible and 
> said, "God came to
> earth and saw people
> sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all
> out. He was, like, 'Enough.' "
>
> Later, in the dining room, eating a bowl of carrot soup, he talked about an
> encounter that he described as a "teaching moment." "There was this woman.
> She used to come to Paisley Park and just sit outside on the swings," he
> said. "So I went out there one day and I was, like, 'Hey, all my friends in
> there say you're a stalker. And that I should call the police. But I don't
> want to do that, so why don't you tell me what you want to happen. Why are
> you here? How do you want this to end?' And she didn't really have an
> answer
> for that. In the end, all she wanted was to be seen, for me to look at her.
> And she left and didn't come back." ♦
>
> <Moderator: Interesting story at the end...  -Derek>

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