It’s hard to review a book without seeing the book. It’s even worse for an allegedly objective writer to own up to being predisposed to like a book. But I have to admit that Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis, just published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, would be likely to garner a few stars from this writer.
- Photographer Dan Corrigan has been the principal chronicler of music in the Twin Cities almost as long as Bob Dylan has used electric guitars;
- Corrigan’s photographs haven’t previously appeared in book form, which, putting it mildly, is an oversight (Kudos to MHS Press for correcting this.);
- How many books have an opening reception in First Avenue, then a second reception in a museum? The performers and performances that passed in front of and through Corrigan’s lens during the 1980s and 1990s constitute a remarkable cross section of the music world;
- Dan’s father and my mother used to go out, so by extension he and I are something like half spirit brothers. Sort of. We both got the photo gene, in any case.
I never said this was an objective space, did I?
And, look for the exhibit at the Historical Society’s Mill City Museum opening November 16. Info here (about the show) and here (about the free reception to be hosted by Andrea Swensson of 89.3 The Current at the museum on Wednesday, November 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.)