Murphy’s Law

Prince Was Always A Guitar Hero, No Matter When White Folks Realized It

Posthumous praise from the music establishment is too little, too late

Prince performs along with Tom Petty at the 19th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York City, 2004.
Prince performs along with Tom Petty at the 19th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York City, 2004. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images

As a Prince stan, I’ve gotten used to people questioning his pedigree. There’s a certain kind of social-media rock critic — usually White — who can go on and on about how Prince is…