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What Is Rock And Roll?

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Rock and roll sprang from a combination of African-American genres, Western swing, and country music that exploded in post World War II America. Jim O’Connor explains what constitutes rock music, follows its history and sub-genres through famous musicians and groups, and shows how rock became so much more than just a style of music influencing fashion, language, and lifestyle.

This entry in the New York Times best-selling series contains eighty illustrations and sixteen pages of black and white photographs.

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What Is Woodstock?

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On August 15, 1969, a music festival called “Woodstock” transformed one small dairy farm in upstate New York into a gathering place for over 400,000 young music fans. Concert-goers, called “hippies,” traveled from all over the country to see their favorite musicians perform. Famous artists like The Grateful Dead played day and night in a celebration of peace, love, and happiness. Although Woodstock lasted only three days, the spirit of the festival has defined a generation and become a symbol of the “hippie life.”

American Association of University Women Award for Juvenile Literature 2016 Nominee.

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Bowie:A To Z

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No other artist has so roundly defied description or categorisation as David Bowie, whose cultural impact is unparalleled; as a rock star, as a fashion muse, as a master of reinvention, as an instigator of change.

Celebrating the many faces and facets of David Bowie, from Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust, Bowie A to Z is densely packed with everything you need to know about the man and the legend – from the greatest hits of trivia to the most obscure B-side facts.

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Albee And The Big Seed

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Albee and the Big Seed is a bright, bold adventure in hardback! Curious Albee discovers a seed and plants it, only to grow an amazing flower!

Even the Queen wants to visit! But will it be ready for the Grand Hive Ball?

  • Hardback book.
  • Wipe clean only.

H7" x W7"

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My Best Pet

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Puppy, bunny, parrot or kitten? My Best Pet is a book with a different suggestion. How about a dinosaur? Meet a stegosaurus that can skateboard and do magic - that's what we call a perfect pet! Read together with dino fans for a truly Jurassic spark.

Height: 9"

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Where's The Giraffe's

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The felt flaps in this sturdy board board are perfect for little ones to turn and tug, which means you can get even the tiniest tot into books and finding the activity fun.

Ingela Arrhenius’ illustrations are a real bonus. They are bright and retro and sure to capture your baby’s attention. A perfect book to share with very little ones.

H7.5" x W7.5"

Ages 0-3

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The felt flaps in this sturdy board board are perfect for little ones to turn and tug, which means you can get even the tiniest tot into books and finding the activity fun.

Ingela Arrhenius’ illustrations are a real bonus. They are bright and retro and sure to capture your baby’s attention. A perfect book to share with very little ones.

Ages 0-3

H7.5" x W7.5"

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S'mores!

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Putting the more in s’mores! While contemplating a traditional s’more, mad genius Dan Whalen, the recipe creator behind Tots!, asked a tasty question: What would happen if you kept the essential s’mores architecture—three layers of gooey, melty, and crunchy—but changed it up? The result? More than 50 playful, irresistible recipes that completely challenge the definition of a s’more. Riffs range from classic—Salted Caramel S’mores, Nutella S’mores, and Lemon Meringue S’mores—to crazy. Think Avocado S’mores, S’moresburgers, and the Elvis—bacon, banana, and peanut butter nirvana. Enjoy your s’mores all year long! Every recipe is designed to be made in the broiler as well as over a campfire. Number of pages: 144 6" x 6"
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Minnesota In The 70's

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Reaching far beyond disco with an intriguing and entertaining look at the changes and challenges of the 1970s, the decade in which Minnesota grew into its modern identity.

288 pages

140 black & white photos

7" x 10"

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Vanlife Diaries

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Inspired by the blog and Instagram account, Vanlife Diaries is an inspiring and detailed look into the world of the rolling homes built and occupied by a new generation of modern gypsies: a range of professionals and creatives who have ditched conventional houses for the freedom of the road and the beauty of the outdoors. More than 200 photographs feature the vanlifers, their pets, and their converted vans and buses--VWs, Sprinters, Toyotas, and more--with the interiors uniquely customized and decorated for their work and hobbies, as well as the stunning natural locations that are the movement's inspiration. Interviews and narrative captions share the stories of these nomads and how they decided to pursue vanlife, and provide practical tips and inspiration for downsizing, finding and converting your vehicle, and working and living on the road.

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Loud Fast Words is 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.
 
As the primary songwriter for Soul Asylum, Dave Pirner has penned hundreds of songs over the course of nearly four decades and has helped to shape the alternative-rock world through his artful lyrics and distinctive vocals. With twelve full-length studio albums under their belts, Pirner and Soul Asylum have produced songs that have captured multiple generations of music fans.

The lyrics collected here represent Pirner’s life’s work including words from Soul Asylum's forthcoming album, Hurry Up and Wait (4/17/20): nearly 150 songs printed in their full form, annotated by Pirner with his own recollections and reflections on the inspiration behind each song and what they mean to him and his career. Supplemented with photographs and reproductions of his handwritten lyric pages, Loud Fast Words reveals the creative process and the soulful spirit behind one of America's great songwriters.
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Author: Rachel Frankel

Hardcover W 7.20" x L 9.90" x D 0.70", Pages: 128

She Can Really Lay It Down celebrates 50 incredible women who shredded, sang, and stormed the stage with ferocity and passion. Each incredible musician in this book defied genre and social conventions to shape the music industry as we know it, but have been overlooked simply because they are women.

Sister Rosetta Sharpe, Carol Kaye, Janet Weiss, Carole King, and Wu Man are just a few of the groundbreaking musicians author and illustrator Rachel Frankel shines a spotlight on.


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Author: Daniel Bukszpan

Hardcover W 8.10" x L 9.70"  x D 0.90", Pages: 192

Giftable 50th anniversary commemorative with never-before-seen images and original interviews. Hear from performers and attendees in their own voices! Featuring Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Grateful Dead, as well as unsung audience members and folks behind the scenes. This compendium remembers all the people who made the three days of peace and music an impossible success.


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Pocket Bowie Wisdom

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Hardcover W 4.40" x L 5.40" x D 0.70", Pages: 96

Genre-hopping, gender-bending: Bowie has never been afraid to push the boundaries. Whether masquerading as an alien, a spaceman or a goblin king, this rock ‘n’ roll hero was a true visionary. The death of the Man Who Fell to Earth shook fans around the world, but his influence lives on. 

Pocket Bowie Wisdom is full of insights into music, identity, fame, style, love and creativity from one of the most pioneering musicians of all time. This collection of quotes makes a perfect gift for the Bowie fan in your life.


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50 Queer Music Icons

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Author: Will Larnach-Jones  Illustrated: Michele Rosenthal

Hardcover W 5.50" x L 7.40" x D 0.70", Pages: 112

Featuring beautifully illustrated portraits and profiles, 50 Queer Music Icons Who Changed the World is a tribute to queer groundbreakers who changed the face of music and popular culture. Elegantly illustrated and packaged, these stories make utterly inspirational reading.


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Author: Chris Salewicz 

Hardcover W 9.10"  x L 6.10" x D 1.90", Pages 536

An in-depth biography of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page by the acclaimed biographer of Bob Marley and Joe Strummer, based upon the author’s extensive research and interviews

The original enigmatic rock star, Jimmy Page is a mass of contradictions. A towering presence in the guitar world and one of the most revered rock guitarists of all time, in private he is reclusive and mysterious, retiring and given to esoteric interests. Over the decades he has exchanged few words to the press given the level of his fame, and an abiding interest in the demonic and supernatural has only made the myth more potent. But in the midst of this maelstrom, who was Jimmy Page? Rock journalist Chris Salewicz has conducted numerous interviews with Page over the years and has created the first portrait of the guitarist that can be called definitive, penetrating the shadows that surround him to reveal the fascinating man who dwells within the rock legend.


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In Closing Time, Bill Lindeke and Andy Sturdevant dive into tales from famous and infamous drinking establishments from throughout Twin Cities history. Readers are led on a multigenerational pub crawl through speakeasies, tied houses, rathskellers, cocktail lounges, gin mills, fern bars, social clubs, singles bars, gastropubs, and dives. Featuring beloved bars like Matt's, Palmer's, the Payne Reliever, and Moby Dick's, the book also resurrects memories of long-forgotten establishments cherished in their day. Lindeke and Sturdevant highlight neighborhood dives, downtown nightspots, and out-of-the-way hideaways, many of which continue to thrive today. Closing Time brings together stories of these spaces and the people who frequented them.

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The Beautiful Ones

Author: Prince

Hardcover L 9.1" x W 6.1", 288 pages

Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of "Uptown" to the mythical landscape of Purple Rain to the psychedelia of "Paisley Park." But his most ambitious creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, one of the greatest pop stars of any era.

The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince--a first- person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince's early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince's evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book's fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain--the final stage in Prince's self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey.

The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring's riveting and moving introduction about his profound collaboration with Prince in his final months--a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he'd so carefully cultivated--and annotations that provide context to the book's images.

This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original and energizing literary work in its own right, full of Prince's ideas and vision, his voice and image--his undying gift to the world.

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Kemp, Louie

Louie produced Bob Dylan's legendary Rolling Thunder Revue and traveled with him all over the world as a trusted ally and friend.

With a cast of characters that includes Marlon Brando, Cher, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Dennis Hopper, Louie's mother, and many more, Dylan & Me is the ultimate rock-and-roll biography--a "backstage pass" to Louie and Bob's life, friendships, and music by the guy who was there every step of the way.

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West Bank Boogie

Author Cyn Collins

Softcover L 9.4” x H 9.4” x D 0.50”, 170 pages

Cyn Collins’ West Bank Boogie celebrates 40 years of Minneapolis Minnesota’s West Bank music scene with profiles of more than 20 legendary musicians who influenced the soul of American music.

Featuring West Bank greats like Koerner, Ray & Glover, Lazy Bill Lucas, Eddie Berger, Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson, Willie Murphy, and more, West Bank Boogiechronicles the halcyon days of the West Bank counterculture through interviews, stories, classic photos and memorabilia.

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Hijinx And Hearsay

Author Martin Keller, Photography Greg Helgeson, Foreword Bob Mehr

Paperback L 8" x W 10", 256 pages, 150 B&W photos

In the summer of 1979, while disco was dying and new wave and punk were rising from the underground, two twenty-something guys were thrown together on a new music monthly ignobly called Sweet Potato. One had a Canon camera, the other a thirty-six-pound Royal typewriter. Over the next several years, the two chronicled the Minneapolis scene and the cultural landscape of the Twin Cities, covering some of the most influential artists, musicians, writers, comedians, and entertainers of the past forty years. They profiled legendary musicians from across the globe and across musical genres—Paul and Linda McCartney, Bob Marley, U2, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Devo, and more—as well as homegrown talents ranging from Dylan and Prince to the Replacements and Hüsker Dü. They covered such disparate writers as William Burroughs and Dr. Seuss, and young, up-and-coming comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Louie Anderson, and Lizz Winstead.​

In Hijinx and Hearsay, writer Martin Keller and photographer Greg Helgeson are at it again, offering a delectable, fun, and fresh perspective through Helgeson's photography (much of it never seen before) and new stories and insights by Keller that shed fascinating light on a singular, influential era in popular culture in Minnesota.

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Sights, Sounds, Soul

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Sights, Sounds, Soul

Author Charles Chamblis

Hardcover L 10” x W 10”, 160 pages, 175 color and 25 B&W photos

During the 1970s and ’80s, photographer Charles Chamblis captured the vibrant social and artistic life of the Twin Cities African American community. Musicians and other artists are shown performing, dancing, and interacting with enthusiastic audiences at once-thriving but now lost clubs, such as the Taste Show Lounge, Riverview Supper Club, Fox Trap, Nacirema Club, and others on Minneapolis’s north and south sides. Among the legendary soul, funk, and R&B acts depicted are Flyte Tyme, Prophets of Peace, Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, Morris Day, Prince, and many other influential musicians who helped establish the so-called Minneapolis Sound. Beyond the nightlife, Chamblis’s portraits, images of family gatherings and weddings, fashion photography, landscapes, and photos of community events offer intimate and rare glimpses into the life of African Americans in the Twin Cities at these particular moments in time.

 

Contemporary writer and artist Davu Seru brings these photos to life with introductory text and supplemental essays that put this visual celebration into the context of the day as well as that of the Twin Cities community in the twenty-first century. Chamblis’s images offer a trip back in time and leave a legacy unlike any other photographer’s.

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My Own Devices

 

Author Dessa

Hardcover L 8.5” x W 5.75”, 272 pages

 

Dessa defies category–she is an intellectual with an international rap career and an inhaler in her backpack; a creative writer fascinated by philosophy and behavioral science; and a funny, charismatic performer dogged by blue moods and heartache. She’s ferocious on stage and endearingly neurotic in the tour van. Her stunning literary debut memoir stitches together poignant insights on love, science, and language–a demonstration of just how far the mind can travel while the body is on a six-hour ride to the next gig. 

In “The Fool That Bets Against Me,” Dessa writes to Geico to request a commercial insurance policy for the broken heart that’s helped her write so many sad songs. “A Ringing in the Ears” tells the story of her father building a wooden airplane in their backyard garage. In “‘Congratulations,'” she describes the challenge of recording a song for The Hamilton Mixtape in a Minneapolis basement, straining for a high note and hoping for a break. “Call Off Your Ghost” chronicles the fascinating project she undertook with a team of neuroscientists to try to clinically excise romantic feelings for an old flame. Her writing is infused with scientific research, dry wit, a philosophical perspective, and an abiding tenderness for the people she tours with and the people she leaves behind to be on the road.

My Own Devices is an uncompromising and candid account of a life in motion, in music, and in love. Dessa is as compelling on the page as she is onstage, making My Own Devices the debut of a unique and deft literary voice.

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The 1968 Project

Author Brad Zellar

Softcover L 9” x W 8”, 240 pages, 100 B&W Photos and Illustration

The 1968 Project is the accompanying book to the 1968 Exhibit, a major traveling exhibition developed by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California. This companion book integrates personal experiences within the national context of the year, organized month by month, through photography, eyewitness accounts, artifacts, and illuminating commentary by one of the Twin Cities’ top social and cultural writers, Brad Zellar. The 1968 Exhibit returns to the Minnesota History Center for a second run, from December 23, 2017, through January 21, 2019. The remounted exhibit explores new questions about the changes---and lack thereof---we've seen in the fifty years between 1968 and 2018.

 

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Prince: Before the Rain puts into focus the hallmark imagery—including behind the- scenes, candid, and casual shots— Allen Beaulieu was Prince’s photographer and friend beginning in the late 1970s. He photographed three album covers and toured extensively with the artist. The book features recollections from Beaulieu on his personal and professional relationship with Prince. Going deeper into the context of these crucial years, supplemental text brings it all together with reminiscences from former bandmates, including Bobby Z., Dez Dickerson, André Cymone, and more.

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