Unbelievably, it’s been over a year since David Bowie left us, and the anniversary of Prince’s death isn’t too far off. The legacies of both icons are still going strong, of course, which is why Yale University is planning a massive four-day celebration of their work.
“Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign: Celebrating the Legacies of David Bowie and Prince” is a symposium set to take place January 25th through 28th. Artists, scholars, and journalists will be holding a series of discussions, lectures, and roundtables exploring how Bowie and Prince “championed aesthetic, social, and cultural freedom and rule-breaking in their respective repertoires and ultimately revolutionized racial, gender, and sexual identity politics in popular music culture.” Amongst those participating are a number of close collaborators and disciples of the late legends.
The opening event is scheduled to be a concert featuring a “critical deejay session” with Questlove of The Roots and Kimbra. Day two features a screening of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars followed by a Q&A with the film’s director D.A. Pennebaker, and a concluding keynote conversation with Solange. Blackstar saxophonist Donny McCaslin will participate in a roundtable with Sheila E. called “Modern Love”: Bowie & Prince & the Art of Collaboration on the third day. Finally, the whole event will culminate in a concert from TV on the Radio on the 28th.
Entry to all events during the conference are free, and a complete program can be found here.