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Prince Lyrics

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Recently acquired handwritten lyrics to “I Hope We Can Work It Out” written by Prince in 1977. Later that year, Prince signed a record deal with Warner Bros. and he played this song at a private luncheon.

While the relationship worked for a time, this is the company Prince eventually had many legal disputes with and led him to change his name briefly into an unpronounceable glyph. He was referred to as “the artist formerly known as Prince.” Thankfully, that ended in 2000, when his contract with Warner Brothers expired, and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

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Prince for Governor

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

A white bumper sticker distributed by the radio station 99.5 WLOL, advertising “Prince 4 Governor”, circa 1990.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this sticker in our collections database.

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Liberace

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A newspaper photograph of Liberace signing autographs during an October 23, 1953 visit to Minnesota.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.

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Soul Asylum Guitar

Monday, October 12th, 2015

A Gibson Les Paul gold-top six-string electric guitar (.A) with black nylon strap (.B), housed in a steel-reinforced transport case (.C). Guitar was purchased by Dan Murphy at Benedict’s Music Store on Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis circa 1985 and was used in recording and performances until 2012 when Murphy left Soul Asylum.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this guitar in our collections database.

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Elvis in St. Paul

Friday, September 11th, 2015

A photograph of Elvis Presley signs an autograph for a St. Paul police officer before his May 13, 1956 concert at the St. Paul Auditorium.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.

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Taste Show Lounge

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

A color photograph taken by Minnesota photographer Charles Chamblis in 1980 showing a group of guys hanging out at the Taste Show Lounge in Minneapolis.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.

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More Music!

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Our most recent Huffington Post post on the new music display in the Library Lobby is now available! Take a look at Minnesota Music and come see it in person. Find out what these keys are all about!

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Fidelitone Dual Turntable

Monday, May 4th, 2015

A Fidelitone Model 3141 comprised of a dual turntable, 3 pickups, and 5-tube amplifier with microphone input housed in a portable cabinet. Designed and marketed by the George K. Culbertson Company of Minneapolis, MN, 1940-1960.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this turntable in our collections database.

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Temporary Like Dylan: Some Highlights from the Minnesota Music Collection

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Minnesota has a long and storied history of music making. From the Hutchinson Family Singers during the Civil War to Dylan, Prince, punk, and beyond, the creation of music is central to our cultural life here.

See a small sample of some of the fun musical items in the Collection, including Prince’s gloves from Purple Rain; Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to “Temporary Like Achilles”; Karl Mueller’s Chuck Taylors; and Vixen leader Jan Kuehnemund’s guitar and jacket.

Know that there is more to discover – this is just a starting point! The Library Lobby is open the same hours as the Library. Come visit and enjoy!

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Prince T-Shirt

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Sleeveless lilac cotton/polyester t-shirt with ‘Prince’ & black & white doves on front, ‘Prince/and/the Revolution/World Tour 1984-85′ in purple & yellow lettering on back, by Sneakers, made in U.S.A., 1984.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this shirt in our collections database.

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