Author and journalist to speak at Paperbacks and Pieces


Paperbacks and Pieces and Midwest Music Fest will host Chris Riemenschneider with a book discussion followed by a question and answer session on Friday, April 27, 2018.


Meet longtime Star Tribune music critic Chris Riemenschneider starting at 4 p.m.

His book, “FIRST AVENUE,” is loaded with 400-plus photos, show flyers and posters from throughout the Minneapolis rock club’s 48-year history, starting with its impressive inaugural show in April 1970 (Joe Cocker’s “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” tour) and other appearances by the Kinks, Ike & Tina Turner, Iggy & the Stooges, Frank Zappa and many more. Two full chapters cover Prince’s rise to his “Purple Rain” reign at the club in the 1980s, when it was also the incubator for widely revered local indie-rock acts such as the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum and Babes in Toyland. Debut performances by U2, Metallica, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and many more are also chronicled, along with the great ‘90s alt-rock boom, the 2000s-era hip-hop wave ushered in by hometown heroes Atmosphere, and the ownership battle between two childhood friends that nearly shut down the club forever in 2004. Thankfully, the book has a happy ending.

This event runs from 4-6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The location is at 429 Mankato Avenue, Winona.

For more information, contact Shelley Olsen at


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