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Author Chris Riemenschneider
Hardcover L 10 3/4” X W 9 1/2”, 264 pages
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. The venue has 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. The book First Avenue 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, First Avenue is a lavish celebration of a rock ’n’ roll landmark. 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.
Chris Riemenschneider is longtime music critic and reporter for the Star Tribune and has contributed articles to a wide variety of newspapers and music publications. He has been attending shows and events at First Avenue for decades and has rubbed elbows with the great and not-so-great who have graced the stages of the Main Room and the 7th Street Entry.
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