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Cleveland Rock and Roll Memories


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Carlo Wolff writes for numerous publications including Goldmine,, 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.


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.-- (11/30/2006)
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 (02/16/2007)
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 (02/24/2007)
Chock full of pictures (stars, tickets, concert posters, stickers and pins). Reading it is like overhearing folks swap tales.-- (12/17/2006)
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.-- (05/13/2007)
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.-- (03/12/2007)
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" (02/01/2007)
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" (01/01/2007)

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