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First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' roll

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Earlier this week, iconic Minneapolis venue First Avenue was honored by Gibson guitars as one of the greatest rock venues of all time, a fitting tribute to the longstanding club -- and a well-timed one at that. The club is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, culminating in a star-studded bash on December 15.

In light of the club's recent honors, we thought it might be a good time to crack the history books and survey some of the venue's most iconic moments.

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