Small Town, Big Music book: Kent, Ohio, rocks! VIDEO INTERVIEW

 

 

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Some ideas for history books are sitting right in front of our noses, waiting for a smart writer to recognize opportunity and put the puzzle pieces together.

Small Town, Big Music: The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll by Jason Prufer (Kent State University Press)
Order Small Town, Big Music: The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll by Jason Prufer (Kent State University Press) by clicking on the book cover above!

That’s kind of how I imagine Jason Prufer’s new book, Small Town, Big Music: The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll, came into existence.

JASON PRUFER podcast excerpt: “When people think nk about the history of this town (Kent, Ohio), it all defaults to ‘The Incident’ — May 4, 1970. Anything else that happened here — The James Gang formed here, DEVO formed here — it all gets blacked out. It took somebody who was born here to figure out that the music should be chronicled, too.”

The book captures a lot of great musical moments that occurred in the college town that is home to Kent State University and threads them together in a compelling narrative. It should make a generation of rock ‘n’ roll critics around the world hunker down and do the same for their communities.

Prufer, an experienced music journalist and blogger, grew up in Kent hearing stories of exceptional moments from its past, including:

Joe Walsh and The Measles, Kent State University
Joe Walsh and The Measles, Fall 1966 Kent State University. L-R: Bobby Sepulveda, Buddy Bennett, Joe Walsh, and Larry Lewis. (Phoyo ny Richard Underwood; provided by Jason Prufer)

• The formation of future Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh’s campus band, The Measles;

DEVO performing at a Kent, Ohio, nightclub called JB's in 199. (Photo by Bobbie Watson Whitaker; provided by Jason Prufer)
DEVO performing at a Kent, Ohio, nightclub called JB’s in 199. (Photo by Bobbie Watson Whitaker; provided by Jason Prufer)

• The creation of DEVO in the school’s art department;

• That time Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band paid their own way to Ohio from the Jersey Shore to open for – and blow away – Black Oak Arkansas;

Bill Rubensein, future The Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde, and Jim Greco, fall 1971, Kent State University. (Photo by Stephen Buck; provided by Jason Prufer)
Bill Rubensein, future The Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde, and Jim Greco, fall 1971, Kent State University. (Photo by Stephen Buck; provided by Jason Prufer)

• And post-concert college parties featuring legendary surprise musical guests.

Small Town, Big Music combines Prufer’s original reporting with archive concert reviews, interviews and photos from the Daily Kent Stater college newspaper to make for a compelling read that will entertain music fans who couldn’t even find Kent on a map before now.

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