Saturday, December 14, 1:00pm
Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Rock 'n' Roll Book Signing with Martin Keller, Greg Helgeson, Fred Case, and Eric Dregni
Get signed copies of two beautiful books featuring the Minnesota music scene! Featuring When the Stones Came to Town: Rock 'n' Roll Photos from the 1970s and Hijinx and Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota's Pop Life!
Martin, Greg, Fred, and Eric will signing from 1:00 - 3:00pm.
Photographer Fred Case was on the scene in the Twin Cities during the 1970s whenever the top rock and blues musicians came through town. With his camera in hand, Case photographed such legends as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, John Mayall, Leon Russell, Richie Havens, the Who, Steppenwolf, the Grateful Dead, Small Faces, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Captain Beefheart, Alice Cooper, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, and the Rolling Stones. His images capture the stars in action onstage at storied Minneapolis venues ranging from the Guthrie to the Depot (First Avenue), the Labor Temple to Jay’s Longhorn, the Minneapolis Auditorium to Parade Stadium. The photographer also hung out with many of the musicians and took behind-the-scenes snapshots of backstage antics. Case’s own wild adventures chasing his music heroes, beginning in his teenage years, led to many fascinating—and some questionable—experiences.
In When the Stones Came to Town, Case recollects witnessing, photographing, and occasionally getting to know these music icons and gives readers an up-close-and-personal look at the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle.. These photos, many of them never seen before in print, highlight the vibrant music scene of the Twin Cities during this pivotal era.
Fred Case is a longtime photographer who has shot hundreds of musicians, traveled the world, and rubbed elbows with the great and near-great. He lives in Minneapolis.
Eric Dregni is the author of more than fifteen books, including Weird Minnesota, Let's Go Fishing, and The Life: Vespa
In the summer of 1978, while disco was dying and new wave and punk were rising from the underground, two twenty-something guys were thrown together on a new music monthly ignobly called Sweet Potato. One had a Canon camera, the other a thirty-six-pound Royal typewriter. Over the next several years, the two chronicled the Minneapolis scene and the cultural landscape of the Twin Cities, covering some of the most influential artists, musicians, writers, comedians, and entertainers of the past forty years. They profiled legendary musicians from across the globe and across musical genres—Paul and Linda McCartney, Bob Marley, U2, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Devo, and more—as well as homegrown talents ranging from Dylan and Prince to the Replacements and Hüsker Dü. They covered such disparate writers as William Burroughs and Dr. Seuss, and young, up-and-coming comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Louie Anderson, and Lizz Winstead.
In Hijinx and Hearsay, writer Martin Keller and photographer Greg Helgeson are at it again, offering a delectable, fun, and fresh perspective through Helgeson's photography (much of it never seen before) and new stories and insights by Keller that shed fascinating light on a singular, influential era in popular culture in Minnesota.
Martin Keller is a professional journalist, author, screenwriter, pop culture critic, editor, and columnist. For the past 25 years, he has served as a veteran public relations specialist. Keller covered the arts, business, and cultural affairs for several Twin Cities publications, including Minnesota Monthly, the Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, City Pages, and Twin Cities Reader, and his worked has appeared in such national publications as Rolling Stone, Billboard, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. He is the author of Music Legends: A Rewind on the Minnesota Music Scene and Storms: Tales of Extreme Weather Events in Minnesota.
Expertly working with Canon and Leica cameras for more than 40 years, Greg Helgeson has fervently documented some of the most renowned artists and public figures in a variety of disciplines, from international superstars to local legends. His work has appeared in a range of periodicals, including Rolling Stone, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, Du Monde (Paris), Mojo (England), Star Tribune, City Pages, and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, as well as in numerous books and on album covers.
A great gift for: The Current listeners, vinylheads, teens entering their "discovering old music" phase