Rick Shefchik (2016 Fireside Reading Series)
This behind-the-scenes, up-close-and-personal account relates how a handful of Minnesota rock bands erupted out of a small Midwest market and made it big, covering Augie Garcia and Bobby Vee to The Trashmen and the Castaways. Through interviews with many of the key musicians, combined with extensive research and a phenomenal cache of rare photographs, Everybody’s Heard about the Bird reveals how this monumental era of Minnesota rock music in the 1960s evolved.
Shefchik spent almost thirty years in daily journalism, mostly as a critic, reporter, and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He is the author of From Fields to Fairways: Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota, among other nonfiction and fiction works, and has been in several working bands as a guitarist and singer.