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Prince's Side of the Street: North Minneapolis Landmarks Walking Tour

  • Upton Ave North & North 8th Ave Minneapolis, MN 55411 USA (map)

By the time Prince was 18, he was a fully realized and accomplished artist who could walk into the Sound 80 studio in Minneapolis's Seward neighborhood and write, produce, record, sing, and perform all the instruments on his demo tape, and then land a major recording contract with Warner Brothers by the time he was 19. How did Prince's childhood in Minneapolis shape the artist he became?

Prince Rogers Nelson grew up in four different homes on Minneapolis' Northside. As we visit the two houses which still exist, his neighborhood school, and the location where his first band started, we'll learn how the Great Migration brought Prince's ancestors to Minnesota, and how growing up in Minneapolis produced the specific experiences which enabled his musical career. We'll learn about the instruments he learned and where; his early song-writing experiences; the neighborhood family and friends who became his first band mates...and how Prince's exposure to various musical influences and key collaborators helped him create the unique "Minneapolis Sound" in the late '70s and early '80s.

This tour will walk approximately 2.5 miles and is ADA accessible.

The tour is led by Kristen Zschomler, a local historian who is researching places associated with Prince in Minnesota up to his construction of Paisley Park. Kristen will provide tour goers with her list of over 45 Prince properties she has identified to date throughout Minneapolis and the western suburbs, and a report of her research efforts (via email).

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