Showing 62 posts tagged Music

Pete Seeger, Minneapolis, 1972, and Thank You Note to a Young Alan Freed

In early October 1972, folk music icon Pete Seeger came to the Twin Cities for a performance at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus. While he was here, he stayed with friends at their home on South Cedar Lake Road. At some point during his stay, a neighbor kid named Alan Freed showed up at the door with a new Sears cassette recorder, asking for an interview. Forty-two years later, a somewhat older Alan Freed has posted a link to that 10-minute interview as a memorial. Pete Seeger died Monday at the age of 94.

Alan Freed’s interview with Pete Seeger

Alan Freed’s Facebook page

Postcard and audio © Alan Freed, photo © Amy Winters Galberth, Ellie Borkon

Disrobed Customers at the Electric Fetus, Minneapolis, 1972 (above);
The Electric Fetus at Its Original Cedar Riverside Location, 1972 (below)

The building that was nearly destroyed today in an explosion and fire in south Minneapolis’s Cedar-Riverside neighborhood was the original location of the iconic Electric Fetus record shop. In memoriam, here’s an earlier MN70s post regarding one of the more infamous moments in Fetus history:

Facing eviction from their original location at 514 Cedar Avenue, and looking to unload excess inventory, the owners of the Electric Fetus record shop hit on an idea sure to appeal to early 1970s Cedar-Riverside “freakos”—a “Naked Sale.” The promotion, which took place on Saturday, March 25, 1972, attracted about 50 uninhibited customers who were more than happy to shed their clothes in exchange for a free album (regularly $3.99) and stash pipe. Legend has it that public outcry over the “Naked Sale” led to the Fetus’s eviction, but the decision to boot the store had come much earlier. The Fetus moved into its current location at the corner of 4th Avenue and Franklin later that year.

Photos via Minnesota Daily (above) and Minnesota Historical Society (below)

The Suicide Commandos in Rehearsal, Minneapolis, 1976; Jay’s Longhorn Bar, Minneapolis, 1977

Thirty-five years ago this week: Local punk gods Steve Almaas, Dave Ahl, and Chris Osgood (aka the Suicide Commandos) blasted into early retirement with their manic farewell,  ”The Suicide Commandos Commit Suicide Dance Concert” at Jay’s Longhorn Bar in Minneapolis. The concert was recorded live and released as an LP a few months later. The Commandos had been making their gleefully raucous brand of punk since 1975. By the time they called it quits, they had set the stage for the next wave of Twin Cities new wave bands including the Suburbs, the Replacements, and Husker Du.

More at Minnesota in the 70s

Images via Minnesota Historical Society (top) and Twin Cities Music Scene ’70s and ’80s (bottom)