Andrea Swensson will be at Magers & Quinn Booksellers on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and signing of her new book, Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound.
Beginning in the year of Prince’s birth, 1958, with the recording of Minnesota’s first R&B record by a North Minneapolis band called the Big Ms, Got to Be Something Here traces the rise of that distinctive sound through two generations of political upheaval, rebellion, and artistic passion.
"Got to Be Something Here nails the atmosphere that I grew up in. Clubs, policies, and things that didn’t make sense back then, after reading this book make all the sense in the world. I think anyone who wants to understand musicians who hailed from North Minneapolis needs to read it. There are answers in these pages." —André Cymone
"Anyone seeking to understand the community of black culture workers that birthed Prince and his peers should read Andrea Swensson's definitive history of the rise of the Minneapolis sound." —Zaheer Ali, New York University
"Prince didn't come from nowhere (though Chanhassen is pretty close!). In Got to Be Something Here, Andrea Swensson explains the roots and context of a musician who changed the world. The book is scholarly and supremely well-researched, but as cool, gripping, and fun as any of his Purple Majesty's finest grooves." —Jim DeRogatis, author and co-host of Public Radio’s Sound Opinions
Read more about the book here: http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/got-to-be-something-here.
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