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  •  He is Prince once more. (1+ / 0-)
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    He resumed writing and recording under his own name once the contract with Warner Brothers expired.

    His explanation for adopting "Love Symbol" was:

    The first step I have taken towards the ultimate goal of emancipation from the chains that bind me to Warner Bros. was to change my name from Prince to the Love Symbol. Prince is the name that my mother gave me at birth. Warner Bros. took the name, trademarked it, and used it as the main marketing tool to promote all of the music that I wrote. The company owns the name Prince and all related music marketed under Prince. I became merely a pawn used to produce more money for Warner Bros... I was born Prince and did not want to adopt another conventional name. The only acceptable replacement for my name, and my identity, was the Love Symbol, a symbol with no pronunciation, that is a representation of me and what my music is about. This symbol is present in my work over the years; it is a concept that has evolved from my frustration; it is who I am. It is my name.

    His use of the term "slave" didn't (and still doesn't) seem unreasonable to me.

    There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who know binary and those who don't.

    by JBL55 on Tue Jun 16, 2009 at 12:53:04 PM PDT

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