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Music of Minnesota

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Music of the United States
History (Timeline and Samples)
Before 1940: Synthesis of Sources
1940s and 50s: Invention of Popular Music
1960s and 70s: Creation of a Counterculture
1980s to the present: Diversification of Styles
African American
Native American music (Inuit music>Inuit and Hawaiian)
Latin (Tejano and Puerto Rican)
Other immigrants (Jewish, European, South and East Asian, modern African, Middle-Eastern and Cajun and Creole)
Local music
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Minnesota, and its largest city Minneapolis, are known for the multi-platinum soul singer Prince, as well as cult favorites The Replacements and Husker Du and a large, vibrant polka community, fueled by immigration. Bob Dylan started playing in the Minneapolis area. Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam Harris also began their career in Minneapolis before forming The Time and producing for Gladys Knight and Janet Jackson, among others.

The first singing school in Minnesota was in St. Anthony, opened in 1851. Multiple choral societies opened in the next few decades and, in 1902, the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra was founded.

Punk rock

Originally based out of J's Longhorn Bar, the Minneapolis punk rock scene grew slowly. The Suicide Commandos were perhaps first, and they were quickly followed by Husker Du and The Replacements, who played a mix of early hardcore punk and alternative rock. Soul Asylum was originally a Minneapolis hardcore band called Loud Fast Rules, who played with bands like Man Sized Action, Otto's Chemical Lounge, Final Conflict, Rifle Sport and Breaking Circus who mixed funk, thrash metal and other influences.