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Ed Ackerson, pillar of the Minnesota music scene, dies of cancer

Ed Ackerson, the prolific and iconoclastic rocker whose Flowers Studio was a go-to hub for generations of Minnesota artists, died yesterday after being diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. His wife, Ashley Ackerson, wrote, “He was peaceful and at home with his family and friends. He left this world smiling.” She continued, “Ed never looked […]

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Semisonic, the Jets, other Minnesota musicians likely lost original master recordings in devastating 2008 fire

Minnesota musicians including Semisonic, the Jets, Judy Garland, and the Andrews Sisters likely had original master recordings destroyed in a 2008 Los Angeles studio fire that claimed a vast swath of historic tapes by artists ranging from jazz founders to ’90s rockers. Original recordings made in Minnesota by Janet Jackson and Nirvana may also have […]

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