Minnesota – Music

Where Purple Rains

The icons of Minnesota:
  • Prince
  • Bob Dylan
Where to visit:

Paisley Park, Prince’s private estate and production complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota offers fans of the late music icon the unprecedented opportunity to tour the legendary 65,000-square-foot complex that served as the centre of Prince's creative universe. Tours take visitors throughout the extensive main floor of Paisley Park, including studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed most of his biggest hits, exhibit spaces that chronicle films such as Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge, Prince's private NPG Music Club, and a massive soundstage and concert hall where Prince rehearsed for concert tours and held exclusive private events and concerts. Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven GRAMMY Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain, all of which are displayed at Paisley Park. Prince was born in Minneapolis and resided in the Minneapolis area throughout his life.

In May 2006, the City of Duluth designated a cultural pathway in honour of Duluth’s native son, Bob Dylan, to commemorate his 65th birthday. Since then, a group of citizens has raised private dollars to create and install 30 street signs to mark the pathway.

The 1.8 mile Bob Dylan Way winds through Duluth’s downtown, extending from Michigan Street at 5th Avenue West to 15th Avenue East and London Road. It follows segments of three major arteries: Michigan Street, Superior Street and London Road linking cultural assets from the Depot to the history Armory and helping to create a comprehensive vision for Duluth’s vibrant arts community.

An exhibit about Bob Dylan Way is at Fitger’s located at 600 East Superior Street in downtown Duluth.