Ranking The 50 States Based On Their Contribution To Popular Music
Artists Who Were Born There: Bob Dylan, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Paul Westerberg, Prince, Slug
Bands Formed There: Atmosphere, Eyedea & Abilities, Hüsker Dü, Low, Information Society, The Replacements, Soul Asylum, The Time, Vanity 6
What music has come out of Minnesota is generally iconic. In fact, if we were judging solely based on the impact that a state’s greatest native sons have had on American music (as opposed to taking into consideration broader, more abstract criteria like overall atmopshere, movements, scenes, etc.), there is a strong argument to be made for placing little ol’ polite, unassuming, very, very cold Minnesota right up at the very top of this list. [Ed. note: At least one person has been bold enough, or stupid enough, to do this in the past.]
First off, a young man from Hibbing named Bob Dylan is widely considered the greatest songwriter of the modern era. His legacy runs so deep that a reissue of one of his least beloved albums, 1970’s Self Portrait, recently hit stores to rave reviews—people just cannot stay mad at this guy. He got the Beatles stoned for the first time and basically taught everybody that lyrics were important. So, yeah.
via Complex Music, h/t to City Pages