Complicated Fun: The Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie by Cyn Collins

By Cyn Collins

within the early Seventies, the Minneapolis song scene was once no scene in any respect. Radio stations performed most sensible forty song; bars and golf equipment booked merely rock hide bands and blues bands. in the meantime, towns like long island, Detroit, and London have been spawning clean and innovative—and loud and raw—sounds via musicians making a new punk and rock stream. A small yet bold workforce of dual towns musicians, artists, marketers, and fanatics sought after a section of that motion. To do it, that they had to construct it themselves.

Complicated Fun brings jointly the memories of the boys and ladies who equipped Minnesota's bright and very important indie rock scene. via interviews with dozens of musicians, manufacturers, managers, newshounds, lovers, and different scenesters, Cyn Collins chronicles the emergence of seminal bands just like the Suicide Commandos, the Hypstrz, Curtiss A, Flamingo, the Suburbs, Hüsker Dü, the Replacements, and extra. the topics consider the major function that Oar Folkjokeopus checklist shop, Jay's Longhorn bar, and Twin/Tone files performed by means of supplying retailers for listening to, appearing, and recording those new sounds.

Complicated Fun explores the affects, motivations, moments, and members that propelled Minneapolis to its prestige as a best song scene and, in flip, encouraged destiny generations of rockers.

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