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AVAILABLE EXPERTS - Passing of music icon Prince

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Two Queen's University music professors are available to comment on the passing of music legend Prince. For over three decades, Prince was seen as one of the most innovative and eclectic musicians in the industry. Selling over 100 million records worldwide, he was one of the best-selling artists of all time. Amongst other acolades, Prince won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 - the first year of his eligibility - and was ranked number 27 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Dr. Kip Pegley is an associate professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen's University, with a research focus at the intersections of popular music, visual culture and critical theory.

"Prince was a revolutionary musician: his style combined influences from funk, R&B, pop and rock, and he put them together in ways we couldn't have anticipated," says Dr. Pegley. "He also pushed the envelope on race and gender, and used music to challenge us about our own identities. What more could we ask for in a musician? "

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