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Cleveland-area freelance writer Adams has left out little in this musical history of the port city, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Her aptly titled book opens with rock's roots in the 1950s and chronicles how Cleveland's North Coast radio stations have been making and breaking national and regional artists for decades. Of course, it was Cleveland jock Alan Freed who played rhythm and blues on his Moondog program and renamed it rock'n'roll. Adams also documents the prominent Cleveland clubs of the past 40 years, where bands rose to national status and/or evaporated. Profiled are both the winners (e.g., Trent Reznor, Joe Walsh, David Allen Coe, and the Dead Boys) and the losers, who are always more fun to read about. The best case is local sensation Michael Stanley (he wrote the foreword), who had all the makings of a Bruce Springsteen but could never break out nationally despite selling hundreds of thousands of records on the North Coast. At 612 pages, the book will lag for readers with no interest in radio. But if considered as a reference (no other works have this focus), it provides ample lessons on why Cleveland rocks. Recommended for larger libraries, voracious rock readers, and major Joe Walsh fans. Eric Hahn, Fargo, ND
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Deanna Adams spent hundreds of hours researching recollections of the musicians, deejays, journalists, and fans who made up the Cleveland rock scene from the 1950s to the 1990s. The Kent State University Press is pleased to be the publisher of this excellent book.
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Product Details

  • Series: Music of the Great Lakes
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press; 2nd edition (November 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873386914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873386913
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 20, 2002
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I couldn't get enough of the info in this book!I was in many bands from the 60's and knew of many of the venues and musicians mentioned. Cleveland is not longer(unfortunately) like that,as is radio or TV anywhere.This book not only captures a great moment in rock and roll's birth,but also a glimpse of a time that Cleveland musicians should embrace!
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When I first spoke to author Deanna Adams nearly 4 years ago, I knew from that initial conversation that she was honest and sincere about telling it like it really happened. She asked hard questions, she made me check my dates, she challenged me if I gave her a fact that contridicted her notes. She poked, she prodded, she checked and she rechecked, she must have called me 10 times ... just to get it right. She got it right. The book is amazing. My only complaint, John Gorman got more mentions than I did.
Great book, Deanna. Thank you.
Billy Bass
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I grew up in Cleveland, and now reside in Michigan. When I was home for Thanksgiving, my brother showed me his copy of "Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection", which I then spent a few hours with.

My first reaction? I quote the amazon.com editorial review of this book: "At 612 pages, the book will lag for readers with no interest in radio."

Somebody nailed that one. I agree; There's too much baloney about one local radio station, which I won't even mention because I personally am tired of hearing about it and don't want to contribute to its notoriety.

Suffice to say that there's a lot that's missing from "Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection" mainly because the main thrust of the text evolves around Cleveland radio, and the constant stream of almost endless self-promotion surrounding a few personalities involved in the politics of the Cleveland music scene of the seventies and eighties. This book serves as yet another example of all that.

On a more positive note, the book is fairly well-written and has some nice pictures. While it's probably not a book that anyone will read from cover to cover, "Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection" at over 600 pages does cover a lot of territory.

"Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection" will probably appeal to a more conservative mainstream audience who remember the seventies and eighties music scene in Cleveland and wish to wax nostalgic. I'm sure that this book will be very popular in the Cleveland area.
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By A Customer on October 19, 2003
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Just got this book for my birthday and read it in a couple of days (not easy considering it's length). But being a former Clevelander, I was able to relive many great moments in music history-the bands, the deejays, the clubs. What indepth research this author did. All the quotes & the behind- the- scenes stories of all the important musicians & people that made Cleveland such a fun town(honest!) makes it a must have for anyone interested in rock 'n' roll. It's now on my coffee table & friends who have never been to Cleveland pick it up & suddenly we're talking about all the concerts & times we lived through, proving you don't have to be from Ohio to really enjoy this book. And great photo's! Highly recommended. N from Florida
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Personally, I loved this book. Three of my seven kids were avid Rock fans and, being a single mother, I ended up taking them to concerts. I also ended up a fan of many of the bands mentioned. Deanna Adams gives so many insights to the era. One can tell she set out to produce a wonderfully detailed, and truthfully told chronicle of those times. Reading the book struck such a note of nostalgia for me. Thanks for the memories, Ms. Adams. And guess what three of my "Kids" are getting for Christmas.
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By A Customer on May 29, 2002
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Had a great time reading this book. Having grown up in Cleveland I listened to a lot of these bands. Getting to hear their stories was great. Sent a copy of the book to a friend in Long Island that has played in bands there for about 30 years. He hasn't been able to put the book down.
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For anyone involved in the Cleveland music scene, or just a fan of some of the greatest talent ever to (generally) stay in Cleveland, this book is a must-have. Nice work from Deanna Adams.
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By A Customer on May 16, 2002
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Deanna Adams should be commended for "Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection." It's apparent she spent a herculean amount of time researching and writing this book. I think we all need to remember that even eyewitnesses to accidents have different accounts of what occurred, so how could those of us who witnessed Cleveland's rock scene in these four-plus decades (and many of you were probably smoking funny cigarettes too) remember everything the same. Sure, there are some mistakes, but on the whole, this is a well-researched amazing documentation of the music we grew up with.
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