First Avenue

First Avenue

Minnesota's Mainroom

Book - 2017
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One of the longest running clubs in American rock 'n' roll, First Avenue in Minneapolis finally gets the rock-star treatment it deserves in print. This book chronicles the club's storied past, beginning with its impressive inaugural show in April 1970 (Joe Cocker's "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" tour) and through its oft-maligned disco era of the late 1970s. In the 1980s, it earned global attention as the hub of Prince's "Purple Rain" and the incubator for widely revered, wild-eyed indie-rock bands such as the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum, and Babes in Toyland. The Ramones and R.E.M., Chrissie Hynde and Lauryn Hill, Wilco and the Wu-Tang Clan, and hundreds more played the hallowed halls of First Avenue and 7th Street Entry, and all are immortalized in this volume. First Avenue survived corporate competitors, bankruptcy, and a bitter ownership battle to become one of the most successful independent clubs in the country and ground zero to Minneapolis's thriving community of hip-hop and indie-rock acts. Amidst all that history, the book is interlaced with anecdotes, quotes, and occasionally cloudy memories from musicians, employees, and regulars--many of whom are as unique as the club itself. Chock full of concert photos and memorabilia collected from professional photographers and average fans alike, the book is a lavish celebration of a rock 'n' roll landmark.
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9781681340449
1681340445
Characteristics: 263 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Alternative Title: Minnesota's mainroom
First Avenue

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There have been a lot of recent books about the Minneapolis music scene but this one stands out. Maybe because it is tied to a location that has seen so many changes but I think it is the author's solid narrative and variety of sources. He has done his research like a veteran news reporter. -- Ia... Read More »


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Nov 24, 2017

It’s kind of weird that the one negative review for this book was posted way before the book was even released 🙄🙄🙄 I loved this book and think it’s wonderful we have this chronicle of the Minneapolis music scene.

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IanS_Librarian
Jul 17, 2017

There have been a lot of recent books about the Minneapolis music scene but this one stands out. Maybe because it is tied to a location that has seen so many changes but I think it is the author's solid narrative and variety of sources. He has done his research like a veteran news reporter.

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