Jonathan Downing is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Bristol. His research interests include 19th century prophetic religious movements, the use of the Bible in modern sectarian religions, and religious motifs in popular music.

Prince, Seventh-Day Adventism and the Apocalyptic Threat of the 1980s

In the light of his recent death, it is important to note how Prince’s music contributed to public discourse about religious norms and eschatological hopes. Prince’s most successful period as a recording artist came during the 1980s, and his lyrics throughout this decade reflect a contemporary escalation in discussions of the apocalyptic. Continue reading