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

Carlo Wolff


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Music fans who grew up with Rock and Roll in Cleveland remember a golden age. We were young, so was the music, and the sense of freedom and excitement the Rock and Roll scene delivered was electric. This book collects the favorite memories of Clevelanders who made that scene: fans, musicians, DJs, reporters, club owners, and more.

There were so many great clubs, like the Agora, where every big band seemed to break in the 1970s. The trendsetting radio stations, from A.M.’s WIXY 1260 to F.M.’s groundbreaking “Home of the Buzzard”, WMMS. And all those memorable shows. The free Coffee Break Concerts—remember Springsteen just when he hit it big? The gigantic World Series of Rock. Nights on the lawn at Blossom (including local favorites the Michael Stanley Band and their record-setting sellout streak).

Includes rare photographs and other memorabilia such as concert posters, bumper stickers, pins, and ticket stubs.

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Weight0.93 lbs

Table of Contents


Foreword by Daffy Dan Gray

Why Cleveland Rocks—And How!

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 Legends

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

Photo Credits


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