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The song was recorded in direct response to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenny_Kravitz Lenny Kravitz]'s song [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_and_Roll_Is_Dead Rock And Roll Is Dead] (from the 1995 album [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circus_(Lenny_Kravitz_album) Circus], also released as a single), which had just been released, and received some press coverage as a result. A lyric sheet given to attendees at a listening party for [[Album: The Gold Experience|The Gold Experience]] (where this song was also played), ended with the credit "Thanx Lenny, call me in Minneapolis".
 
The song was recorded in direct response to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenny_Kravitz Lenny Kravitz]'s song [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_and_Roll_Is_Dead Rock And Roll Is Dead] (from the 1995 album [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circus_(Lenny_Kravitz_album) Circus], also released as a single), which had just been released, and received some press coverage as a result. A lyric sheet given to attendees at a listening party for [[Album: The Gold Experience|The Gold Experience]] (where this song was also played), ended with the credit "Thanx Lenny, call me in Minneapolis".
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The song was released as the A-side of a posthumous 7" vinyl distributed to all attendees at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves] NBA basketball game in Minneapolis' [[Target Center]] against the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_Heat Miami Heat] on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/April_5|5 April, 2019]] (with [[Calhoun Square]] as the B-side). The single was made available digitally on the same day.
 
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Revision as of 17:17, 6 April 2019

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Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis)

Gold single.jpg
single art for Gold
Song details
Performer: SymbolSmallerBlue.png
First Released: 30 November 1995 - Gold single
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis) was released as the b-side of the single Gold, the second commercial single to be released from The Gold Experience, released worldwide. In 1996, the song was also included in the TV movie Love 4 One Another.

Basic tracking took place on 12 September 1995 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (on the same day EyeBlue.png Hate U was released as a single), incorporating an audience chant of "Rock 'n' roll is alive! And it lives in Minneapolis" from the 9 September 1995 show at Paisley Park Studios, and the song premiered on KDWB-FM radio in Minneapolis the following day. A separate instrumental version, containing the audience chants and the DJ's voiceover sampled from the initial broadcast, premiered on KDWB-FM two days later.

The song was recorded in direct response to Lenny Kravitz's song Rock And Roll Is Dead (from the 1995 album Circus, also released as a single), which had just been released, and received some press coverage as a result. A lyric sheet given to attendees at a listening party for The Gold Experience (where this song was also played), ended with the credit "Thanx Lenny, call me in Minneapolis".

The song was released as the A-side of a posthumous 7" vinyl distributed to all attendees at the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA basketball game in Minneapolis' Target Center against the Miami Heat on 5 April, 2019 (with Calhoun Square as the B-side). The single was made available digitally on the same day.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
9 September 1995 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Audience chant recording
12 September 1995 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
14 September 1995 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Remixing for instrumental version
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis) 4:34 Gold single Studio
Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis) 4:34 Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis) single Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis) 4:45 Promotional release only Promo video See Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis) video and Love 4 One Another film for more details
Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis) 4:45 Unreleased promotional video Promo video Alternate version of the above video, with additional performance footage; see Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis) video for more details


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis) Studio Early version, missing some crowd chants
Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis) Remix Remix missing the song's verses, replaced by keyboards and samples of DJ Tony Fly speaking over the track (sampled from the song's premiere on KDWB-FM)
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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