Pioneer Press: The heart of Minnesota's rock scene in the 1960s
Rick Shefchik's new book "Everybody's Heard About the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock 'n' Roll in Minnesota" covers more than just a decade's worth of homegrown music. In its own way, it also tells the story of the '60s itself, and the revolutionary changes in pop culture, media and life in general.
"Even though I lived through that era, it really kind of stuns me," said Shefchik, a former arts critic and reporter for the Pioneer Press and author of several novels. "Look at the photographs in the book. You went from the suit-and-tie era of the late-'50s to the surf era with cut-off jeans and striped shirts to the Beatles and the mod clothes and then you're in the psychedelic era. It was a furiously fast transition from style to style. It was almost like every six months you had to reinvent yourself."