Electric Fetus, 521 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1968-1972)

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Electric Fetus, Cedar Avenue, 1972
Electric Fetus window, Cedar Avenue, 1972
Address: 521 Cedar Avenue S
Neighborhood/s: Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States

Cedar-Riverside Minneapolis Hennepin County

Electric Fetus, 521 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1968-1972)
(44.968165° N, 93.246839° WLatitude: 44°58′5.394″N
Longitude: 93°14′48.62″W

The Electric Fetus record store's original location from its 1968 opening to its move to 2000 4th Avenue S., Minneapolis in 1972.



In Minneapolis’s Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on the West Bank, the heart of the state’s counterculture movement, two University of Minnesota students Ron Korsh and Dan Foley decided to open a record store at 521 Cedar Avenue South. Inspired by the New York retailer Electric Lotus, they named their new operation: Electric Fetus.

Opening June 10, 1968, Electric Fetus quickly became one of the premier indie record stores in the Twin Cities, offering a wide variety of folk, rock and blues music as well as posters, pipes and more catering to the hippie culture of the late 1960s.

Korsh sold his share of Electric Fetus to Keith Covart in 1969, and Foley sold his shares in 1978, making Covart the current and sole owner. Covart opened new Electric Fetus locations in St Cloud and Duluth in 1987, which remain open today.

In 1969, Electric Fetus moved across the street to 514 Cedar Avenue South, but after losing its lease in June 1972, the Electric Fetus moved to its current location at 2000 4th Avenue South, and expanded to encompass 2000-2010 4th Avenue South in 1994.

Today Electric Fetus still remains a Twin Cities music staple, offering everything from CDs to LPs of new and classic music, live in-store performances, as well as books, gifts and more. The Wall Street Journal named Electric Fetus one of the best vinyl-record stores in America in 2011, and City Pages has consistently named it the best Twin Cities CD store for new music.


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  1. http://www.1968exhibit.org
  2. http://www.mnhs.org/index.htm
  3. http://www.electricfetus.com
  4. http://www.gtcbms.org/Electric%20Fetus%20History.pdf
  5. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703529004576160292131128206.html
  6. http://www.citypages.com/bestof/2011/award/best-cd-store-new-1844000/
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