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THE STONE FACES- the elusive photos & tapes East Side of St Paul hard rock pioneers.

12 Feb

Not too often do I uncover some mid-1970s Footstompin’ Music like this. Thanks to guitarist Gary Narducci, a REAL East Side Italian, for saving this stuff and allowing me to present it to you. The Stone Faces liked to play the East Side and the St. Croix Valley, with lots of stops at The Lamb’s Club on East 7th, The 9R Ranch in Wisconsin, & The RollingStone on Cottage Grove. Covers AND originals were the order of the day. The originals remind me of The James Gang or Blue Oyster Cult. ENJOY!

Original Song (BOC)

Singing Was Easy

You’re Gonna Lose

Lamb’s Club commercial

Tomorrow’s Gonna Be a Better Day

What’s Going On




Hollyhock Ballroom redux: a few added notes

11 Feb

There would be no inspiration for GoJohnnyGo’s blog if it wasn’t for Tom Tourville’s seemingly endless work ethic in digging up rock roots around the Northern Plains and beyond. Hard to believe that it’s now been 36 years since Tom’s first book appeared- a discography of Minnesota early Rock and Roll 45s & LPs called ‘Minnesota Rocked!’. Hats off to him! The second edition of Tom’s Hollyhock Ballroom book is available here: or amazon.


Mike Barkley grew up dancing and sneaking into the Hollyhock in Hatfield, Minnesota- 160 miles from Minneapolis. Mike has been collecting clippings about his old haunt himself, and that’s what I’ve included here. Most will be found documented in Tom’s book, but Mike has a few goodies not seen elsewhere but here. Thanks, Mike!


Unparalleled Rock and Roll Photographer: Tommy Smith III, “It’s Tommy Time!”

22 Dec

Unknown Rock and Roll Super Photographer, Tommy Smith III, captures rock’s best acts against all odds!


Vimeo link to Strib article



Vimeo link to Tommy’s still photography

Beautiful Photo Paintings by Tommy on Vimeo

Contact Hi-Fi Hair and Records to see the only gallery showing Tommy Smith’s work and purchase prints!

1635 Hennepin Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55403

(612)735-1643 ask for John Kass owner of Hi-Fi Records.

(612)384-1654 ask for Tommy Smith III for pricing, framing, and info.



Fun record images

2 May

Paralon Security, live at First Avenue, 1986 or 1987

19 Jan

Thanx, Michael. Great snapshot of live Rock and Roll in Minneapolis, circa 1986.


2 Jan

I’m guessing early 1960s. God bless ’em! Soon available again.

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