MEDIA ALERT: Get to Know Prince Before ‘Purple Rain’ with Allen Beaulieu Photo Exhibit and Dez Dickerson Panel Discussion, Sept. 21 and Oct. 1 at the Minnesota History Center

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Release dated: 
September 16, 2019
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Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org or Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

MEDIA ALERT: Get to Know Prince Before ‘Purple Rain’ with Allen Beaulieu Photo Exhibit and Dez Dickerson Panel Discussion, Sept. 21 and Oct. 1 at the Minnesota History Center

What: “Prince: Before the Rain” exhibit opening
When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019
Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

What: Prince Panel Discussion with Allen Beaulieu, Dez Dickerson & Kevin Cole
When: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019
Cost: Free, admission to the History Center museum is free Tuesdays, 3-8 p.m.

The History Center is offering two upcoming programs that will help fans better understand who Prince was in the early years of his career.

On Sept. 21, explore the new exhibit “Prince: Before the Rain” by Minnesota photographer Allen Beaulieu. As Prince’s personal photographer and friend from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, Beaulieu worked closely with the artist, helping to transform Prince from rising star to super stardom. Through it all, he had access to the musician that few photographers have had, before or since. 

Based on the new MNHS Press photography book, “Prince: Before the Rain” by Allen Beaulieu, visitors to the exhibit can view 50 digital prints, including the album covers of “Dirty Mind,” “Controversy,” and “1999,” promotional photos of Prince and The Revolution, Morris Day and The Time, and other artists, as well as rare behind-the-scenes candids. The exhibit is included with $6-12 History Center admission.

Then on Oct. 1, join Beaulieu, Dez Dickerson, guitarist for The Revolution, and Kevin Cole, veteran First Ave DJ, for a panel discussion about Prince's early career. Moderated by The Current's Andrea Swensson, the panel will discuss the emerging R&B, punk, and new wave sounds that emanated from Prince's hometown when he was just starting out. Cole will also DJ in the gallery from 6:30-7 p.m. This program, and History Center admission, is free.

These programs are being offered in conjunction with the History Center exhibit "First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom."