The word on the street was that Minneapolis music prodigy Prince Rogers Nelson could have held his first concert as a national recording act (his first album, “For You,” had just been released) at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Instead, he chose to put on a show for about 300 people at the old Capri Theater in North Minneapolis on January 5, 1979. And what a show it was. Minneapolis Star music critic Jon Bream wrote that Prince “strutted across the stage with grand Mick Jagger-like moves and gestures. He was cool, he was cocky, and he was sexy.” Sound familiar?
Most dispatches are from librarians at the James K. Hosmer Special Collections. Special Collections' Minneapolis History Collection covers an extensive array of materials on city history, including thousands of photographs, clippings, documents, books, programs, reports, yearbooks and hundreds of archival collections. Special Collections also houses several other collections on World War II, 19th century literature, the Abolitionist movement, Mark Twain, and the History of Books and Printing. You can visit Special Collections at the Minneapolis Central Library.
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