Snelling Avenue South b/t 33rd and 35th: After missing the turn for the Budget Car Rental Center on Hiawatha Avenue South, I took a turn on East 33rd Street and an immediate right on Snelling, only to find myself in a familiar setting. While all the houses in this pseudo industrial pocket of Minneapolis looked similar, none stood out more so than the domicile below, which movie buffs might recognize as the exterior shot of Prince’s fictional and not-so-happy home in 1984’s Purple Rain.
1514 Oliver Avenue North: In the late ’60s, Annacele Johnson opened her home to Detroit nephews Ed and Lawrence Brown. Within a few years, the musical brothers would be jamming with various combos in the house’s open basement. After becoming the practice space of preference for Lawrence Brown’s Mind & Matter, the group tracked a bewildering set of demo recordings in the Fall of 1977, the basis for Purple Snow companion piece, 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement).
1244 Russell Avenue North: Just a few blocks away, the childhood home of Andre Anderson carries a more intense legacy for hosting formative jam sessions between youngest son Andre, drummer Morris Day, and guitarist Prince Nelson. Below is a photo of Anderson matriarch and community leader Bernadette Anderson from a People Magazine feature on her son, who by the early ’80s had assumed the stage name André Cymone.
Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound will celebrate several loving homes and many interesting intersections upon release November 12th, 2013. Click here to listen to sound clips, or preorder the 2CD/4LP box set.
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