[Dissertation] Safari Ethnography:Expeditionary Film, by Amy J. Staples

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22–3). Through this, he identifies the authenticity acquired by performers who refuse to ‘sell out’ to commercial interests. After all, it is the music that says everything, and Prince is a musician’s musician. Hardly surprising then that in 2004 he launched an album with a title that suggested music needs to be taken seriously, Musicology. Tempting as it might be to read this as some ironic jibe at those of us doing ‘serious musicological’ work in the academy, it is more likely that he was labouring the well-known point that, ‘being a real musician’ rules, and in no uncertain terms the electrifying Musicology Tour bore this out.

And in this context, his brand of masculinity becomes an original display of the intrinsic qualities of the The Making of the Authentic Pop Icon 33 ‘man in trouble’. Prince’s off-stage narratives – those that deal with exploitation by Warner and copyright law suits – present his male identity as admirable, selfworthy and righteous. His tenacity in gaining control over distribution rights and the widespread circulation of his music is unprecedented in the history of popular music, arguably heralding a new era of democracy for the pop star.

Rather than directly addressing an assault on mainstream femininity and masculinity, Sioux just ‘was’ herself and went so far as to castigate fans who copied her look. For Sioux, self and individuality were paramount, not playing with surface identities. As Mark Paytress wrote in his biography: With a dignity and self-belief that echoed the fights Bette Davies had with Warner Brothers in the ’30s, coupled with the fantasy-driven sexuality of Gloria Swanson or David Bowie, Siouxie introduced a new female perspective into a cock-dominated genre that was far less compromising than that suggested by forebears such as Janis Joplin or even Patti Smith.

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