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Author Rick Shefchik
Hardcover L 9 1/4” X W 7 1/4” X 1”, 352 pages
“Everybody’s Heard About The Bird” gives a vivid behind-the–scenes, up-close-and-personal account of how a handful of Minnesota rock bands erupted out of a small Midwest market and made it big. Interviews with many of the key musicians, combined with extensive research and a phenomenal cache of rare photographs, reveal how this monumental era of Minnesota rock music evolved.
Rick Shefchik begins with musicians from the 1950s and early 1960s, including Augie Garcia, Bobby Vee, The Fendermen, and Mike Waggoner and the Bops. Then the chronicle delves into The Trashmen’s emblematic rise to fame. A Minneapolis band that recorded a fluke novelty hit called “Surfin’ Bird” at Kay Bank Studios, The Trashmen signed with Soma Records, topped the local charts in late 1963, and were poised to top the national charts in early 1964. “Everybody’s Heard About The Bird” celebrates how all of these bands found their singular sound and played for their elated audiences from the golden era to today.
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