The influential musician Prince died this week at 57. The funky, gender-bending, norm-challenging artist carved new waves into old genres and busted the music industry wide open in the 1980s and ‘90s. His artistry has always been about defiance - about molding the world, music and artists around him to his vision.
Now Prince is gone, and joins a list of important musicians who died in 2016 - and died too young.
WDET’s Ann Delisi, host of Ann Delisi’s Essential Music on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., speaks with Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson about Prince’s legacy.
“That’s the power of Prince,” says Delisi, “he knocked every news story off the page” after his death.
Delisi says Prince was a master musician, despite not having any formal classical training.
“Even though he didn’t study music in a traditional way… he knew the musicologist side of music,” says Delisi.
Delisi will broadcast a tribute to Prince on Essential Music on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To hear more from her conversation on Detroit Today about Prince’s legacy, click on the audio link above.