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Minnesota Music Notes

Series produced by Ampers

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Moments in the musical history of Minnesota

Moments in the musical history of Minnesota


52 Pieces

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The Wallets were a band in 1980s Minneapolis known for their high-energy jams and theatric performances. Producer Daniel Zamzow describes how in on...

Bought by Radio K and KFAI


  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Frances Gumm was born in 1922 Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She would grow to become the singer and actor Judy Garland, star of The Wizard of Oz. Produc...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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The independent music scene of Minneapolis began its ascension in the mid-1970s. This happened for a number of reasons, but, as producer Daniel Zam...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Jack Pearson was a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and storyteller devoted to sharing his talents in schools, libraries, and churches all across M...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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The godfathers of the Minneapolis punk and indie rock scene are The Suicide Commandos, a trio at the center of the budding subculture in 1970s Minn...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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Born and raised in Cook, Minnesota on the Boise Forte Reservation, musician Keith Secola has an intimate relationship with Anishinabe culture. As p...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Duluth, Minnesota is the birthplace of Robert Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan. Producer Daniel Zamzow describes the annual festival that honor...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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The Minnesota radio treasure, “A Prairie Home Companion”, had its humble beginnings at Macalester College in 1974. As producer Daniel Zamzow explai...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Les Fields put a Dixieland Jazz band together at the last minute to cover for his work Christmas party in 1968 Rochester, Minnesota. As producer Da...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 1
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The accordion was a gift that kept on giving for Leonard “Skeets” Langley, who as a young adult, was crowned champion at the 1963 World Accordion C...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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In just 16 years of living in Minnesota, Anna Schoen-Rene made a tremendous contribution to the state’s music scene. Producer Daniel Zamzow describ...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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Minneapolis’ Basilica Block Party was started in 1995 as an effort to raise funds for repair and maintenance of the Basilica of Saint Mary. As prod...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Minnesota is home to a special kind of record label that specializes in reissuing music of the past. But, as producer Daniel Zamzow explains, their...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Low is a trio from Duluth, Minnesota that has a history of challenging norms in modern rock music. Producer Daniel Zamzow explains how they got sta...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Minnesota’s Dixieland Jazz scene was entering its heyday in the mid-1950s when the Rampart Street Club was opened. Producer Daniel Zamzow explains ...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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In the 1930s, Jeanie Arland met her future husband and fellow musician Willie Peterson at WCCO. Producer Daniel Zamzow describes how, over time, th...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Flamingo was the predecessor to The Flamin’ Oh’s, a band whose highest notes came in the early and mid-1980s. But, as Daniel Zamzow describes, Flam...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 1
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“Daddy Squeeze” Dan Newton and his band Cafe Accordion Orchestra were pleasantly surprised after playing their music for a seemingly absent audienc...

Bought by KFAI and Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE


  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 2
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In the mid-1960s, Minnesota was wrapped up in “Beatle Mania” just like the rest of the nation. As Daniel Zamzow explains, their 1965 show in Bloomi...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
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The work of Frances Densmore represents a significant portion of what we today can hear of Native American song from long ago. As producer Daniel Z...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 3