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Articles by Jason Draper

Purple Rain: How Prince Stormed His Way To Superstardom
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Purple Rain: How Prince Stormed His Way To Superstardom

Creating the zeitgeist, Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ era raised the bars for music, cinema and live performance. No one has come close since.

Batman: How Prince Invented The Blockbuster Soundtrack Album
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Batman: How Prince Invented The Blockbuster Soundtrack Album

A chart smash and a return to Hollywood credibility, Prince’s ‘Batman’ soundtrack album was another game-changing success.

education entertainment recreation: New Order’s Ally Pally Master Class
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education entertainment recreation: New Order’s Ally Pally Master Class

Filmed in 2018, ‘education entertainment recreation’ finds New Order fresh as ever. ‘We’re always thinking of ways to update,’ they tell Dig!

Lovesexy: Understanding Prince’s Spiritual-Sexual Rebirth
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Lovesexy: Understanding Prince’s Spiritual-Sexual Rebirth

Built around a concept of his own devising, the ‘Lovesexy’ album envisioned a state in which Prince’s sexual and spiritual desires could coexist.

Space Oddity: Behind The First David Bowie Song To Go Stratospheric
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Space Oddity: Behind The First David Bowie Song To Go Stratospheric

Perceived by some to be a cash-in novelty song, Space Oddity laid out David Bowie’s longstanding themes of isolation, alienation and fame.

Pet Shop Boys’ Discovery Tour: A Revelation On The Road
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Pet Shop Boys’ Discovery Tour: A Revelation On The Road

With its stripped-back shows, Pet Shop Boys’ Discovery tour found Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe feeling ‘more liberated as people’.

Best Prince Songs: 35 Royal Classics From The Purple Reign
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Best Prince Songs: 35 Royal Classics From The Purple Reign

The best Prince songs explore sexuality, spirituality and humanity with a deep understanding of their interwoven complexities.

Parade: Flaunting Prince’s Genius On The Final Revolution Album
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Parade: Flaunting Prince’s Genius On The Final Revolution Album

Pushing his music into uncharted territory, ‘Parade’ drew upon jazz, funk and pop to deliver ‘a celebration of his creativity’.

Aqualung Was “The Tester”: Ian Anderson On Jethro Tull’s Classic Album
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Aqualung Was “The Tester”: Ian Anderson On Jethro Tull’s Classic Album

A make-or-break album, ‘Aqualung’ has become Jethro Tull’s most-loved work. ‘I wanted to make a mark,’ frontman Ian Anderson tells Dig!

Solid Gold Entertainment: Behind Gang Of Four’s Assault On Music
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Solid Gold Entertainment: Behind Gang Of Four’s Assault On Music

With the albums ‘Entertainment!’ and ‘Solid Gold’, Gang Of Four pulled rock music apart. ‘We invented our own thing,’ Jon King tells Dig!

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