The Rock Stopped Here

A coll new book delivers tales of Cleveland's legendary past.

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In Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories, Carlo Wolff takes an anecdotal look at local music over the past half-century. The book -- subtitled True and Tall Tales of the Glory Days, Told by the Musicians, DJs, Promoters, and Fans Who Made the Scene in the '60s, '70s, and '80s (whew!) -- chronicles everything from WMMS’ stranglehold on radio listeners in the late '70s to Michael Stanley’s record-breaking '80s Blossom gigs. “I wanted to transmit the texture of the city,” says Wolff.

The local writer spent about a year talking to people who were instrumental in putting Cleveland on the rock and roll map. “The spectrum of rock and roll is very broad here,” he says. “I wanted to find out why one place can produce Pere Ubu and the Raspberries.” But even more so, he gathers recollections by the folks who made it all happen back in the day. “The book isn’t so much a history as it is a snapshot of a lot of different sources talking about a field they shared but didn’t always know they shared.”
Sat., Dec. 9, 8-9 p.m.

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