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First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom - Author Appearance/Book Signing Nov 18

First Avenue Book signing in St. Paul, MN suburb this Saturday--

check out the Prince pages on the Images tab of the book publisher's site:


Sound+VisionMN, a Music, Comics, Pop Culture, and Toys Collectibles Show / Sale returns to Valley Creek Mall (1750 Weir Drive) in Woodbury, MN on Saturday November 18th, from 9am-3pm.

This Free Admission event features dozens of dealers selling a wide variety of vintage and current music (Vinyl Records, CDs, concert DVDs), comic books, toys, pop culture, Funko Pop! vinyl figures, sports and nostalgia memorabilia, gift ideas, rarities and hard-to-find items!

FIRST AVENUE: Minnesota's Mainroom Book Signing / Author Appearance: 9am-Noon

(books available for purchase and personalization) A Great Holiday Gift Idea! Join us as we celebrate the publication of First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom by Star Tribune music critic, Chris Riemenschneider.

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 locals 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.

264 pages with 320 color and 100 b&w photos

[Edited 11/16/17 0:57am]

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