New online project hopes to catalog Prince and Minneapolis Sound memorabilia

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The star honoring Prince on First Avenue in Minneapolis. (FOX 9)

For many Prince fans, First Avenue is where The Purple One and other local artists found their voices. Today, a Minneapolis black newspaper owner wants to help immortalize the city’s iconic sound.

“It’s a jazzy pop R&B sound that encompasses so many influences,” said Jae Bryson.

Jae Bryson launched a Launch campaign to raise $ 100,000 to create a dedicated Minneapolis Sound website. Bryson says he came up with the idea on the fifth anniversary of Prince’s death as a way to shed a positive light on Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd and the unrest that followed.

“Particularly in these times when we have so much negativity in Minneapolis, it’s a way of remembering that music really made us,” he said.

Bryson says the Minneapolis Sound Project will be an interactive timeline where people can share their photos, videos and memories from each of the 13,888 days between the release of Prince’s debut album and the day he died.

The site would feature everything from pictures of tickets to a concert, to stories of appearing in one of its music videos, like our own FOX 9 presenter, Randy Meier, in “My Name is Prince.”

“I have a thousand stories and I’m not even from here,” Bryson said. “There are people who grew up with him. It’s an amazing time for us because we still have these stories and I don’t want them to be lost.”

Bryson says the website will also celebrate other artists who have contributed to Minneapolis Sound like The Time, The Revolution and Sheila E., in hopes of keeping it alive for future generations. “For me, this is something that is a testament to the power and glory of Minneapolis Sound. It has made a lot of people happy, millions of people around the world and I think it’s the least we can. do as a city as a city area to give back. “

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