Launch party for “Gold Experience” and reading for “Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes” by Jim Walsh

Tuesday, January 24

6:30PM Doors ✖ Hall ✖ FREE with RSVP ✖ All Ages


SubText Books is proud to present the launch party for “Gold Experience: Following Prince in the 90s” by Jim Walsh, a collection of rare interviews, live reviews, little known stories, and close encounters with Prince during one of the most brilliant and intense periods of his career. Jim will also read from and discuss his recent work “Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes.” Hosted by Amsterdam Bar and Hall on January 24th, it will be a fun evening filled with music, books, drinks, and thought-provoking conversation!

Gold Experience: Throughout the 1990s, Prince feuded with his record label, Warner Bros., over his rights as an independent recording artist—and made some of the most brilliant music of his career. During that time, Jim Walsh covered Prince for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and wrote about him passionately, thoughtfully, exhaustively.

Here, in real time, is that coverage: a clip-by-clip look back at Prince in the ‘90s. Walsh’s newly unearthed interviews, essays, columns, and reviews make Gold Experience an essential slice of history for fans, scholars, and latecomers to the Minneapolis-born musical genius Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958–April 21, 2016). This is Prince as few have seen him, reported as only Jim Walsh can: a portrait of the artist from a dizzying array of angles, captured in living color for all time.

Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes: Writer and musician Jim Walsh distills thirty delirious, jam-packed years of some of the best music writing ever to come out of the Twin Cities. As a writer and musician, the ever-curious Jim Walsh has lived a life immersed in music, and it all makes its way into his columns and feature articles, interviews and reviews, including personal essays on life, love, music, family, death, and, yes, the manic-depressive highs and lows that come with being an obsessive music lover and listener.

Capturing the pure notes and character of the sound of the Twin Cities and beyond, with a keen eye for trends and the telling detail, his book truly is a mix tape of unforgettable music.