Cleveland rocks and writes

. June 6, 2012.

Ohio isn’t just corn and football—our neighbors to the south have a rich rock n’ roll tradition rivaling even Detroit’s. And the literary chops to back it up. On Tuesday, April 12, Smog Veil Records brings the Cleveland Confidential Book Tour to the Pittsfield Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library. Three Buckeye State punk veterans are looking to make their mark in the book world, and they’re here to tell their stories to the public.

Cheetah Chrome: A Dead Boy’s Tale From the Front Lines of Punk Rock is a worthy entry to the canon of classic rock memoirs, with all the girls, drugs and bad behavior you’d expect. Chrome (born Eugene O’Connor), chronicles his rise and fall with first-wave punk legends the Dead Boys. Mike Hudson led Cleveland punks the Pagans, and is the author of four books, including Jetsam and Diary of a Punk. He writes in a mordant, witty style reminiscent of outlaw legends like Hunter Thompson and Bill Burroughs. Bob Pfeifer has had a lengthy career in rock, performing in the Human Switchboard and Tabby Chinos, and working as a long-time A&R man and label exec. His first novel, University of Strangers, is a dark and satirical look at a world-spanning celebrity secret society. All three writers will read from their work, take questions, and hold a panel discussion. Free. 7pm. 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 734-327-4265. www.aadl.org

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