Photographer Fred Case was on the scene in the Twin Cities during the 1970s whenever the top rock and blues musicians came through town. With his camera in hand, Case photographed such legends as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, John Mayall, Leon Russell, Richie Havens, the Who, Steppenwolf, the Grateful Dead, Small Faces, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Captain Beefheart, Alice Cooper, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, and the Rolling Stones. His images capture the stars in action onstage at storied Minneapolis venues ranging from the Guthrie to the Depot (First Avenue), the Labor Temple to Jay’s Longhorn, the Minneapolis Auditorium to Parade Stadium. The photographer also hung out with many of the musicians and took behind-the-scenes snapshots of backstage antics. Case’s own wild adventures chasing his music heroes, beginning in his teenage years, led to many fascinating—and some questionable—experiences.
In When the Stones Came to Town, Case recollects witnessing, photographing, and occasionally getting to know these music icons and gives readers an up-close-and-personal look at the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. These photos, many of them never seen before in print, highlight the vibrant music scene of the Twin Cities during this pivotal era.
Also of interest:
Hijinx and Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota's Pop Life
First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom
Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis
Prince: Before the Rain
Complicated Fun: The Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock, 1974-1984
I Live Inside: Memoirs of a Babe in Toyland
MNopedia article: First Avenue & 7th Street Entry
Minnesota History articles: PunkFunkRockPop and Funky Towns
MNHS Collections: PunkFunkRockPop