Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection

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Kent State University Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 624 pages
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It's no wonder that Clevland is home to the internationally famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed coined the phrase for this new musical phenomenon nearly 50 years ago. This work takes an in-depth look at the people, venues, and artists that made Cleveland the Rock 'n' Roll Capital of the World. It shows how Cleveland witnessed the rise of such widely recognized groups as the James Gang, the Outsiders, Damnation of Adam Blessing, and the Raspberries. Casey Kasem fine-tuned his long-running broadcasting career in Cleveland. Nearby Canton gave us the O'Jays, and Akron spawned Devo and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. And the rock concert was pratically invented in Cleveland in 1952, when Alan Freed convened the first Moondog Coronation Ball. By the 1970s Cleveland had become a proving ground for superstars in the making.
  

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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 ... Read full review

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THE definitive source for all relevant members of the Cleveland music community. All of the important names, and stories are included. If you want to know the REAL story about The Rock N' Roll Capital, This volume is for you. A must read.

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Contents

Its Only Rock and Roll but They Like It
27
The Clubs Where It Began
68
The Battle of the Sixties
84
Radio Stations and Deejays Fight for Listeners
86
Hail to the 60s Radio Wonders
103
WMMSFM The Glory Years
113
The Blues Connection
131
Battle of the Bands The Early Rock Groups
148
The 70s Any Ol Way You Use It
246
Clevelands Rockin Deejays of the 70s
317
Punk Rock A New Wave on the North Coast
351
Rock in the Mainstream
390
Deejays Still Rock in the 80s
478
The 90s Go to Extremes
498
The Prominent Deejays of the 90s
538
Rock n Roll Is Here to Stay
560

Its More Than a Job Its an Adventure
176
Clevelands Prominent Rock Journalists and Publications
189
Record and Concert Promoters
223
Cleveland Rocks
244
Personal Reminiscences of Musicians Fans and Friends
587
ClevelandArea Clubs and Venues
606
Index
610
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Deanna R. Adams is an award-winning writer whose books include Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection. She is an instructor at Lakeland Community College and coordinator of several writers' conferences. She lives in the Greater Cleveland area where she shares her love of music with her husband, Jeff.

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