I have a love/hate relationship with social media. Today, I’m in love with it. Part of a research project of this type not only involves sorting through piles of paper, 7″‘s, LP’s, cassettes and CD’s, but making contact with those who actually created those works. After pouring through credits on over 50 releases from 1985 through 2000 that I own, I did what any detective would do. I took my list of artists and I
stalked located them on Facebook! LOL! In principle, I HATE bothering people to whom I am a complete stranger (remember, my band North By Northwest, was but a comma in this 620 page novel we call the History of Cleveland Ohio Music 1985-2000) but I convinced myself that musicians, especially those like me either in headed into or already in our, ahem, second half century would be willing to share their experiences with me. And, boy was I right! Instead of getting served with cease and desist or restraining orders, a number of musicians got back to me the very first day I reached out and seemed both excited about and willing to participate in this project. Big thanks today to:
Don Owens – “The Outcasts”
Alexis Antes & Victoria Fliegel – “Odd Girl Out”
Ken Blaze – “The Unknown”
Josh Stone & Jeffrey Koval – “The Fifth Wheel”
Tommy Fox – “The Mice” and “The Revelers”
Special thanks to drummer Eric T. Everett from Public Library whom I’ve never met in person but with whom I traded Facebook messages for 45 minutes discussing mutual musicians we know, the bands he was in including Public Library and this project. His excitement is infectious.
I’ve reached out to some others and I’m just waiting to hear one way or another if there is interest from then in helping to preserve this history. If you are reading this and know of a band or musician that played in Cleveland from 1985 to 2000, please encourage them to stop on by our Facebook group or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers!