replacements map, kevin cannon, from tumblr

Mapping The Replacements

Published September 15, 2014 by Kirsten Delegard

It’s map Monday. After a 23 year hiatus, Minneapolis cult-favorite band the Replacements played to a fawning crowd in St. Paul on Saturday. What’s up with that? We all know that the band belongs on the Historyapolis side of the river. And this cool map by Pat Ganley and Kevin Cannon charts Minneapolis sites of significance for the band,  which Star Tribune music critic Chris Riemenschneider says “made imperfection an art form.” It provides a visualization of the two histories of the band published by Jim Walsh, who knows more than anyone else about the rise and fall of this South Minneapolis music phenomenon.

The aging rockers seem almost quaint today. But The Replacements were part of a cultural sea change in the 1980s, when the city began to embrace its seamier side. Outside of the Chamber of Commerce, the Mary Tyler Moore view of the city was out. As this map shows, Hennepin Avenue was eclipsing Nicollet Mall as the hippest street in town. Minneapolis reasserted itself as a regional magnet for youngsters who wanted to experiment with everything: living on their own, drugs, sex, hair, politics. The Replacements gave them some anthems.

Minneapolitans love their music history and there is lots of great reasons for that. But even as I reflect on the music  of my youth, I’m looking forward to the day that our community is equally conscious of our other imperfections.

greyhound terminal, became first avenue

The Legacy of Purple Rain

Published July 30, 2014 by Kirsten Delegard

Music journalist Andrea Swensson teamed up with MPR news host Tom Weber to create an in-depth audio documentary that looks at the legacy of Purple Rain, thirty years after the release of the movie. The pair toured First Avenue and interviewed Bobby Z (the drummer for Prince’s band the Revolution) and Prince’s co-star in the movie, Apollonia. Aired on the Current this last Sunday night, this musical history explores how a group of Minneapolis musicians changed rock and roll around the world.

This postcard–from the Hennepin County Libraries Special Collections–shows the building formerly known as the Greyhound Bus Terminal. This image was created in the late 1930s, long before the music world imagined First Avenue. Thanks to citizen-researcher Rita Yeada for finding and digitizing this image.