Minnesota Historical Society- Music Lover Books

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Prince: Before the Rain- Photography: Allen Beaulieu

Prince: Before the Rain paints another important picture in the mythology of the celebrated, influential, and endlessly invigorating performer while providing an intimate portrait of the Minnesota artist about to take over the world.

Hardcover, 224 pages, 9x10 inches, 250 Color and B&W Photos

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First Avenue- Chris Riemenschneider

Where Prince and Minnesota made rock 'n' roll history - a glorious look at one of rock's most storied clubs and the hundreds of musicians who took the stage there

Hardback, 264 pages, 320 color and 100 b&w photos, 9.25x10.625 inches

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Complicated Fun

The Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock, 1974-1984 --- An Oral History

The origins of Minneapolis’s legendary indie rock scene, as told by the people who were there and made it happen.
Paperback, 392 pages, 80 b&w photos and illustrations, 6x9 inches
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Heyday  -35 Years of Music in Minneapolis

Photography by Daniel Corrigan, with text by Danny Sigelman

A look back at more than three decades of music in Minneapolis through the lens of one of the most prolific and renowned photographers on the scene.
Paperback, 224 pages, 483 Color and B&W Photos, 10x10 inches
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Loud Fast Words  -Soul Asylum Collected Lyrics

Author Dave Pirner

The collected lyrics of one of the most beloved alternative rockers of the past thirty years, with insights into the creative process behind the songs.
Paperback, 320 pages, 30 b&w photos, 6 x 9 inches
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I Live Inside

Babes in Toyland burst onto the Minneapolis music scene in the late 1980s and quickly established itself at the forefront of punk/alternative rock. The all-female trio featured a shy, seventeen-year-old Jewish teen from the suburbs on bass guitar—an instrument she had never played before joining the band. 

Over the next few years, Michelle Leon lived the rock-and-roll lifestyle—playing live concerts, recording in studios, touring across the United States and Europe, and spending endless hours in stuffy vans, staying in two-star motels, and sleeping on strangers’ couches in town after town. The grind and drama of life in the band gradually wore on Leon, however, and a heartbreaking tragedy led her to rethink her commitment to the band and the music scene. 

Leon’s sensitive, sensory prose puts readers right on stage with Babes in Toyland while also conveying the uncertainty, vulnerability, and courage needed by a girl who never felt like she fit in to somehow find her place in the world.