Mapping Purple Rain

Published July 28, 2014 by Kirsten Delegard

It’s map Monday. And it’s the 30th anniversary of the release of Prince’s movie and album, “Purple Rain,” which put the Minneapolis Sound on the international map. This website plots the locations featured in the song and movie, which makes it seem as though the international music icon spent all of his time on the south side of the city. It includes none of sites in North Minneapolis so critical to Prince. He made musical history in the North Minneapolis basement of the Anderson house, where he was living as a teenager.

To understand the North Minneapolis roots of “the Kid,” read this piece by Daniel Bergin, who has researched the cultural history of the city’s North Side as a filmmaker for TPT.