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Art July, 16 2010

The Beatles! A One-Night Stand in the Heartland

Opening today, The Beatles! A One-Night Stand in the Heartland is about as good a rock n’ roll history exhibit differs a little from the Grateful Dead display we highlighted earlier in the week. For example, it has a direct correlation with the host institution – the Minnesota Historical Society.

The story behind the show –

In August, 1965, a 17-year-old local photographer documented the Beatles’ only appearance in Minnesota. Bill Carlson’s images are the focus of this new exhibit, including photos of the band’s arrival at Wold Chamberlain Field, the mobs of girls waiting to greet them, their press conference and performance at Met Stadium. This is the first major exhibit of the images, some of which have never been published. Many of the images are taken from Carlson’s book of the same name.

The photographs will be on view through September 12, 2010. Even without having seen it, an assumption can easily be made that A One-Night Stand In the Heartland is superior to other rock photography exhibitions that have been mounted in the last year. Why? Because there is a distinct theme.

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