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In The Current Rewind’s second season, we’re tracing the 50-year history of Minneapolis club First Avenue, using 10 pivotal dates to explore how a city, a scene, and popular music have evolved since the dawn of the ’70s. The Current’s Cecilia Johnson and Mark Wheat — along with special guest hosts like Craig Finn, Jay Smooth, and Sun Yung Shin — will meet you at the barricades for opening night, drop in on life-changing shows, and take an inside look at the present-day #SaveOurStages campaign.
 
Prince Rogers Nelson was a cultural icon, ground-breaking artist and one of the most influential, prolific and revered musicians of his generation, inspiring diverse groups of people around the world. This show talks to people who have memories of the Purple one, and will include associates, bandmates and fans alike. Don't be 'alone in a world that's so cold' - join us! May U Live 2 C the Dawn...
 
The history of Amaton goes back to 1990. It was when he was a very young boy that the album 'die Mensch Maschine' by Kraftwerk came into his hands. It was from this moment that he realized that his path is electronic music. Years flew by, changing trends and styles of music. In 1999, Amaton became the resident of a night club. Then his career continues on the radio station NRJ as a host of a morning radio show. For many years as a DJ, he has performed on the same stage with artists such as B ...
 
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Part 3 of this interview features music from the Beverley Knight album Affirmation (released in June 2004), including short excerpts from Supasonic, Tea & Sympathy and No One Ever Loves In Vain. Music used by permission. Additional music - Signs - was written, arranged and produced by Gavin Calder. Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight, has been on…
 
Part 2 features music from the Beverley Knight album Affirmation (released in June 2004), including short excerpts from Come As You Are, Supasonic and Keep This Fire Burning. Music used by permission. Additional music - Signs - was written, arranged and produced by Gavin Calder.By Beverley Knight, Gavin Calder, Sam Bleazard
 
Listen in to our latest podcast to hear more about the career path of one of the UKs most loved artists and performers, Queen of UK Soul, Beverley Knight.By Beverley Knight, Sam Bleazard
 
Duane Tudahl has spent his career working on TV series, but also producing numerous documentaries and music videos. He is a writer and researcher, who has contributed many articles for Uptown magazine – the key Prince fanzine – for 12 years, from 1991 to 2003. In recent years he received praise for his books documenting Prince’s studio sessions in …
 
Duane Tudahl has spent his career working on TV series, but also producing numerous documentaries and music videos. He is a writer and researcher, who has contributed many articles for Uptown magazine – the key Prince fanzine – for 12 years, from 1991 to 2003. In recent years he received praise for his books documenting Prince’s studio sessions in …
 
Tune in to hear Sam Bleazard discussing early life, musical inspirations and movies, with recent Oscar winner Jon Batiste. Jon talks about New Orleans, representing New Orleans in the TV show Treme, collaborators on his latest album We Are, and the inspiration he drew from Prince early on in his career.…
 
Summary: chapters and themes. PART 3 1min - Going back to a normal life and the 9-5...and why it was a good thing. 4mins30s - My favourite memories of Prince...'he was a whole different person when we played basketball...and he was such a fun person outside of the music'. 7mins - The lessons that Prince taught me, for life in general and for my car…
 
Summary, themes and chapters 1mins - Memories of First Avenue and the debut performances of Purple Rain. 5mins - Choreographing Prince & The Revolution and the changing face of the band. 8mins - Movie premieres, wardrobe disagreements, concerts and 'craziness'. 11mins - Prince and poducer bands: Mazarati; The Time; Vanity 6 and The Family. 13mins30…
 
Chapters 1min - Meeting Prince for the first time. 2mins45s - Minneapolis clubs in the late 1970s. 5mins - Sharing the limelight with Prince and being a new face with a fanbase. 8mins - Roller skating at the lake with Prince and Vanity. 10mins45s - Prince's bass playing and musical influences. 15mins30 - Debut gig supporting The Rolling Stones, and…
 
The day Prince passed away, thousands of Minnesotans congregated outside First Avenue to dance and cry. Although the street party might've seemed like magic, of course real people made it happen - and we talked to a few of them for this episode. It's the last full installment of our season, and it celebrates Prince, parties, and Minnesota music. [S…
 
A piece of First Avenue's ceiling fell to the ground during a concert in August 2015. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt. But throughout the music industry, concert safety has been a huge issue during the last decade. How can we keep each other safe? [Songs sampled: Icetep - "Hive Sound," Stereo Confession - "Tonight," Theory of a Deadman - "Ang…
 
When First Avenue entered bankruptcy on Election Day 2004, some saw it as the end of an era. But others - including devoted employees, local music fans, and a certain stage-diving ally in City Hall - would not rest until they'd saved the club. [Songs sampled: Icetep - "Hive Sound," Mojo Nixon - "Are You Drinkin' With Me Jesus," Lifter Puller - "Lif…
 
One day after the LAPD beat up Rodney King, an Ice Cube concert went down in history as one of the most violent shows ever held at First Avenue. Hosted by Jay Smooth, we ask rap experts and former First Ave staffers about gangsta rap, security, and the uneasy relationship between the Minnesota music industry and Black hip-hop artists.…
 
Alternative rock stayed underground throughout the '80s, but in the early '90s, that distorted, furious sound burst into the mainstream. Experimental bands who'd been playing First Avenue were suddenly going global. In this episode, members of Cows and Babes in Toyland talk about sharing a bill with Sonic Youth at First Avenue. [Songs sampled: Soni…
 
Most casual Prince fans know 'Purple Rain' was partially filmed at First Avenue. But did you know the title song is a live recording, taped at First Ave a few months before filming started? In this episode, we meet Prince and the Revolution at a benefit show for Minnesota Dance Theatre, where they debuted "Purple Rain" in support of dance and commu…
 
Almost 40 years ago, D.C. rockers Bad Brains played First Avenue with two Minnesotan openers: Sweet Taste of Afrika and Husker Du. While Husker Du are relatively well-known today, Sweet Taste of Afrika are all but forgotten. Meanwhile, Bad Brains are world-famous, but their hurtful behavior has flown under the radar. In this episode, we tease out t…
 
Disco was the ticket at Uncle Sam's in the late '70s. But the club's destiny changed course in Nov. 1979, when the Ramones and Pat Benatar rocked the Mainroom on back-to-back nights. In this episode, hosted by Zoo Animal's Holly Hansen, we learn how First Ave became a rock 'n' roll sanctuary. [Songs sampled: Pat Benatar - "Heartbreaker," Zoo Animal…
 
Grab a carnation and travel back to the dawn of the '70s, when Joe Cocker and his "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" packed the room that would later become First Avenue. The club's rookie owners had a lot to learn, but thanks to this show, they earned the attention of Minnesotan music fans and media. [Songs sampled: Joe Cocker - "With A Little Help From My F…
 
Tracklist:1. @monkeysafari, @sterling-grove - Parallel Lines Feat. @monsoonsiren (@avidus_ofc Remix)2. @petermakto, @grgsts - Touching You (Original Mix)3. @esteble, @hosini - Hypna (Original Mix)4. @slp_official, @tobakmusic - Delicia (@spieltape Remix)5. @dsf-greece - Fraoula (@facundo-mohrr Remix)6. @royrosenfeld - No Drama Feat. @nadavdagon (Or…
 
In this episode, you'll meet a family of pastors hell-bent on saving souls. A pro-sticker Washington wife. A B-horror blood-gusher with a heart of gold. Plus...Prince's photographer? This cast of characters is just a peek into the unbelievable story of the Peters Brothers, the evangelical crusaders who preached against rock throughout the 1980s. [S…
 
Ever watched your grandmother spit verses for a crowd? Tou SaiK Lee has. He's one of several younger Hmong-Minnesotans who have collaborated with elders in the last decade, combining folk traditions and newer sounds. In this episode, we ask folks including Tou SaiK, Lis Pos, Shawn Mouacheupao, and Ernest and Missy Whiteman why and how they've reach…
 
Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, married founding members of Low, have quietly shattered rock music norms throughout their quarter-century career. In this episode, we join them for an interview and a walking tour of their Northern Minnesota hometown. [Songs sampled: Low - "What Part Of Me"; Low - "No Comprende"; Low - "Words"; Low - "Starfire"; Low -…
 
Bonnie Raitt is best known for her hits "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me." But back in 1971, she was a 21-year-old kid with a friendly streak, guitar chops, and her first record deal. That summer, she recorded her debut album on Lake Minnetonka with a motley crew of Minneapolis musicians, making music and commotion in a wild …
 
Ask most casual Minnesota music fans about the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis, and they'll probably tell you about the folk and blues hippie scene of the '60s and '70s. These days, the West Bank is home to a thriving Somali population, and several Somali-Minnesotans are famous throughout the diaspora for their own music and poetry. In this e…
 
The Andrews Sisters, the vocal trio who sold nearly 100 million records during their lifetimes, came to symbolize the United States during WWII. You'd think their story is settled. But in this episode, Maxene's manager and longtime companion shares another side of the outgoing middle sister. Plus, historian Tom Rockvam talks about the Andrews' "hea…
 
Can you imagine PJ Harvey walking down a small-town Main Street? Kurt Cobain antiquing in farm country? Yup, that happened. It was all thanks to Pachyderm Studio, a rural recording facility that used to be a family home. In this episode, we'll meet that family, plus a dozen musicians and engineers who've recorded some unforgettable work at the stud…
 
Hip-hop legends and XXL freshmen. Indie rap nerds and kids from the 'burbs. Skaters, DJs, and tornado sirens. These are the main ingredients for Soundset, a Minnesota-based hip-hop festival that draws more than 30,000 people every year. In this episode of The Current Rewind, we find out how Soundset grew from a warehouse rave to, at one point, the …
 
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