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The story, from start to superstardom, of the musicians who shaped the Minneapolis Sound


Beginning in the year of Prince’s birth, 1958, with the recording of Minnesota’s first R&B record by a North Minneapolis band called the Big M's, Got to Be Something Here traces the rise of that distinctive sound through two generations of political upheaval, rebellion, and artistic passion.


"Got to Be Something Here nails the atmosphere that I grew up in. Clubs, policies, and things that didn’t make sense back then, after reading this book make all the sense in the world. I think anyone who wants to understand musicians who hailed from North Minneapolis needs to read it. There are answers in these pages." —André Cymone


"An illuminating slice of Twin Cities cultural and political history." —Jon Bream, Star Tribune 


"A comprehensive vision of not only the best in popular music studies but also how individuals within disrupted neighborhoods can survive and prosper nontheless." —Minnesota History


Winner of a Minnesota Book Award for Minnesota Nonfiction

Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound

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