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Coming August 12

A heartfelt new biography by Andrea Swensson

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Cornbread
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Cornbread's story

For the past three years I've had the joy of spending every Tuesday afternoon with 97-year-old Minneapolis music legend Cornbread Harris, a self-proclaimed "blessed dude."

 

Together we've uncovered the story of his incredible life and marveled at his reconnection with his son, the Grammy-winning producer Jimmy Jam, after five decades of estrangement. 

My book Deeper Blues: The Life, Songs, and Salvation of Cornbread Harris details Cornbread's seven decades of making music in the Twin Cities and his final opus: a long-awaited, real-time duet with his son.

In his afterword for the book, Jimmy Jam writes, "I hope our coming back together after almost half a century apart sets an example of hope and healing, and inspires the world."

Books by Andrea Swensson

Books

About Andrea

Andrea Swensson is the first person who ever wrote a word about me... She’s an outspoken champion of the local music scene and a longtime advocate for overlooked musicians. 

Prince had an eye for talent. Local talent, for certain. So it’s no wonder he noticed music writer Andrea Swensson.

JEREMY MESSERSMITH, ARTIST

JANA SHORTAL, KARE-11

A singular voice amid the click-bait multitudes, she writes straight from the head and heart and attempts to reinvent the art of music journalism every time out. 

JIM WALSH, MINNPOST

About Andrea

Events

  • Deeper Blues Book Release Concert
    Deeper Blues Book Release Concert
    Fri, Aug 16
    Cedar Cultural Center
    Aug 16, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA
    A special night of stories and songs to celebrate my book about Cornbread Harris.
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