Learn about the behind-the-scenes, up-close-and personal account of how a handful of Minnesota 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. The chronical begins with musicians from the 1950s and early 1960s, including Augie Garcia, Bobby Vee, the Fendermen, and Mike Waggoner and the Bops. Shfchik looks at how a local recoding studio and record label, along with Minnesota radio stations, helped make their achievements possible and prepared the way for later bands to break out nationally. Call 651-388-6024 for more information.
Author Bio: Rick Shefchik is a Duluth, Minnesota native and graduate of Dartmouth College who spent 30 years in journalism, mostly at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, before leaving in 2006 to become a novelist and freelance writer. He has written four novels and five works of non-fiction, including his most recent book, Everybody’s Heard About the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock ‘N’ Roll in Minnesota. He lives in Stillwater, MN with his family.