When: Tue., March 13 2012
When local journalist Deanna Adams first got the notion to write a book about Cleveland’s rock history, it seemed like a pretty straightforward project. “I asked myself, ‘How hard can that be?’” she chuckles. Four years, 300 interviews, and 624 pages later, she had her answer: the massive Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Cleveland Connection, published by Kent State University Press in 2002. Since then, Adams has gone on to become one of the leading chroniclers of the Cleveland rock scene, with a focus on the formative years of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. She’ll tell you all about it tonight at the Independence branch of the Cleveland Public Library, in a one-hour audio-visual presentation. “We’ll hear music selections and see a few fun videos,” she says, including a classic interview with the Raspberries’ Eric Carmen. But mainly, it’s a trip down a musical memory lane, where audience members will have time to share their own favorite moments from the region’s storied musical past — anything from Alan Freed and Casey Kasem to Devo and Chrissie Hynde. Tonight’s free talk begins at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Adams will be making stops at other libraries in the system over the coming weeks; check out the website for details.