- Paperback: 131 pages
- Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers; 1 edition (November 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 188622899X
- ISBN-13: 978-1886228993
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
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Cleveland Rock and Roll Memories: True and Tall Tales of the Glory Days, Told by Musicians, DJs, Promoters, and Fans Who Made the Scene in the '60s, '70s, and '80s Paperback – November 15, 2006
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A high-spirited, very conversational compilation of ‘true and tall tales of the glory days’ of the Cleveland music scene, as told through the eyes of musicians, DJs, promoters and fans. (Goldmine Magazine 2007-02-16)
A fun, incisive look at three decades of Cleveland’s music history. The result is a well-researched work that is an absolute blast to read . . . Feels less like following a detailed history text than flipping through a scrapbook, or watching a documentary . . . A sharply written piece of folk history. It’s a quick read, and certainly an enjoyable one for Cleveland rock fans who were there the first time around. (Benjamin Pogany West Life 2006-11-30)
Largely presented as an oral history, making the book essentially a collection of anecdotes. As a result, you get a real ‘you are there’ feeling . . . A bittersweet look back at a time before the mainstream music industry became totally prepackaged, a time when radio DJs could actually choose the songs they were going to play. (Gillian G. Gaar Harp Magazine 2007-03-12)
Chock full of pictures (stars, tickets, concert posters, stickers and pins). Reading it is like overhearing folks swap tales. (Laura Kennelly Morning Journal 2006-12-17)
An easy read, full of great photos, memorabilia, and firsthand accounts from Cleveland DJs, musicians, and local people―maybe even your next-door neighbor―who retell their personal experiences at historic music events in the area. (Sundayoldiesjukebox.com 2007-02-24)
Like stopping by the record store and browsing the bins, listening to the first few seconds of a cut here and there, and getting lost in a memory. (Carl E. Feather Star Beacon 2007-02-01)
For rock geeks, the most interesting chapter will be the recollections of the many groundbreaking performances by then-up-and-coming rockers such as David Bowie and, of course, Bruce Springsteen . . . If you were an avid concert-going rock fan in those heady days, chances are there will be at least a few pages that speak directly to you and many more that will bring back memories. (Malcom Abram Akron Beacon Journal 2007-05-13)
The book’s charm comes from the recollections supplied by promoters, musicians, disc jockeys and, maybe most powerfully, the fans, which unearth seldom-told stories and bits of Cleveland rock trivia that provide a fresh perspective on a time about which many of us thought we’d heard everything. (Jim Vickers Cleveland Magazine 2007-01-01)
About the Author
Carlo Wolff writes for numerous publications including Goldmine, Billboard.com, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Sun Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Sun Newspapers and Scene. He specializes in music criticism, book reviews, and feature articles about popular culture, travel, and business. He is also Features Editor of LH-Lodging Hospitality magazine. He lives in South Euclid, Ohio.
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1. Making Waves - Radio
2. Shakin' All Over - The British Invade Cleveland
3. Passing Through, Plugging In - National Acts
4. So You Wanna Be A Rock and Roll Star - Local Acts
5. In the Trenches - Other Local Acts
6. Hangouts & Hotspots - Clubs
7. Fanning the Flames - Music and the Media
8. Selling Sounds and Styles - Retail
Back before radio went corporate and bands made many stops across this great land, Cleveland was king (after all, that is one of the reasons why the Rock Hall is here). Detroit is only a couple of hours away, so after bands released new singles in Motown, they headed to Cleveland to promote them. The airwaves were ruled by aggressive and unique voices, Larry Morrow, Alan Freed, Kid Leo, Matt "The Cat," Billy Bass, Lynn Tolliver, Bill Randle, and many others. These pioneers were always looking at the music scene, and they brought new voices to town, Elvis, Bruce Springsteen, Roxy Music, David Bowie, among others. And it wasn't just radio. Television played a big part in putting the Cleveland music scene on the map. From 1964 to 1971, a television show called Upbeat showcased new and old talent. And before the days of syndication and satellite, tapes of the show would be sent to other markets, increasing the reach of these bands. I haven't even touched on the number of clubs and record stores in the area.
So why is this book unique? Wolff lets the people that were there to tell the stories. Every chapter has a theme, and he lets the voices speak. There is very little editorial content, it is all the musicians, DJs, fans, and promoters. Really, he interviews people that were there when Elvis and Beatles came to town. When Pink Floyd played the Stadium. When Bruce Springsteen rocked the Agora. He talks to the DJs, and they tell you how they found the artists and promoted them. Fans talking about hanging out with the bands. He dedicates a lot of space to Jane Scott, the nations' premier music reviewer (she wasn't really a critic) who was the oldest person in attendance at the concerts - she is a local legend and very well known to the bands that passed through Cleveland. Wolff includes some great memorabilia in the margins, like concert tickets (David Bowie for $4.50, Rolling Stones for $5.50, The Eagles for $3.50, and Pink Floyd for $3.00), the best concerts, record stores through the decades, groundbreaking Cleveland concerts, and newspaper ads for the shows/clubs. They all add to the stories that are told.
If you are from the Cleveland area, this is a must read. Especially if you are/were really into the music. For those of you outside the area, this will give you a real flavor of why Cleveland is "The Rock and Roll Capital of the World." As I was talking to others about this book, everyone told me about the first concert they attended, the most amazing acts that they witnessed, or some other rock anecdote. It is a conversation starter. And it takes you to the events, as if you were there. It is a quick, enjoyable, and highly entertaining read. And you might learn something, too.
I thought there were a few glaring omissions though. Devo, who must have sold as many records as almost anyone else from Northeast Ohio, and was an influential force in music, barely warrants a mention.Also, from a media standpoint, Scene Magazine played a big part in exposing people to both local and national bands, and they too are barely referred to.
This is a really fun book to read! It is also an amazing resource that reminds the reader over and over again of groups, concerts, disc jockies, radio stations, and people who helped to make Cleveland, Ohio a cornerstone for rock and roll in America.
I was reading this book when my company was holding a sales meeting. We ended up having a bunch of phone calls home to family and friends to determine which songs were song by which bands. One single book was able to take a room full of a variety of ages all to a place where we were having a ball together! Of course, my boss thought we should spend more time thinking about sales! Ha! That was not going to happen when we had Cleveland Rock and Roll Memories in the room!
This book is a great gift for anyone who loves music and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. It is also a great book for fans of Rock and Roll who want to see the influence of a city that changed music forever!