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‘Hijinx and Hearsay’ captures Twin Cities pop culture history

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"Hijinx and Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota's Pop Life"
"Hijinx and Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota's Pop Life," written by Martin Keller and photographs by Greg Helgeson
Minnesota Historical Society Press

As Twin Cities journalists, writer Martin Keller and photographer Greg Helgeson covered some of the most well-known musicians and entertainers of the past four decades — Bob Dylan, Prince, Bob Marley, Louie Anderson, Lizz Winstead and many more. The two men worked together at alternative papers including Sweet Potato, City Pages and the Twin Cities Reader.

Now, in a book published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, they revisit their encounters with those artists and paint a vivid picture of an important time in the Twin Cities arts scene. “Hijinx and Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota's Pop Life” features Helgeson’s photos and stories from the duo.

Keller and Helgeson joined MPR’s Euan Kerr to talk about their book and look back at an earlier era in Minnesota pop culture.