The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum hosts the Cleveland Confidential Book Tour


CLEVELAND (March 23, 2011) -
 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to welcome the Cleveland Confidential Book Tour to town on its 10-city tour Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater. Members of the tour include Cheetah Chrome (Rocket From The Tombs, Dead Boys, Batusis), Mike Hudson (The Pagans) and Bob Pfeifer (Human Switchboard, Tabby Chinos, former Senior Vice President A&R/Epic/Sony Records and President of Hollywood Records). Making a special appearance at the Rock Hall, his only one on the tour is David Thomas (Rocket From The Tombs and Pere Ubu). The Cleveland Confidential Book tour is presented by Smog Veil Records.

The members of the tour will be interviewed by the Rock Hall’s Director of Education Jason Hanley. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the discussion.  The four author-musicians will also read excerpts from their books and will conduct a book signing after the event.  This event is free with a reservation. Please email edu@rockhall.org or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP. 

Artifacts from members of Cleveland Confidential Book Tour can be found in the new Rock Hall exhibit, Cleveland Rocks, including:

·    David Thomas of Pere Ubu Hammer and Chisel, c. 1978
·    Pere Ubu Concert Flyer, 1980
·    “Ain’t It Fun”/“Life Stinks,” 1990 by Rocket from the Tombs
·    Frankenstein Concert Handbill, 1975
·    “I Sell Soul”/“Romeo and Juliet,” 2010 by Rocket from the Tombs
·    Cheetah Chrome of Rocket from the Tombs Electric Guitar, c. 2000
·    “30 Seconds Over Tokyo”/“Heart of Darkness,” 1975 by Pere Ubu
·    “High Tension Wire” lyrics written by Stiv Bators, Cheetah Chrome and Jimmy Zero
·    The Dead Boys, 1978
·    B-52s and the Pagans Poster, 1978
·    Tommy Gunn of the Pagans Electric Guitar

Cheetah Chrome - A Dead Boy's Tale From The Front Lines Of Punk Rock is the no-holds-barred autobiography of Cheetah Chrome, lead guitarist of the Dead Boys, one of the greatest punk bands ever. It’s a tale of success and excess—amazing music, legendary antics, epic drug use, and eventual resurrection—that only a true rock and roller could deliver. As a songwriter Chrome's work has been covered by artists such as Guns n Roses, Pearl Jam and the Beastie Boys. He still performs and records with Rocket From The Tombs and Batusis (with Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls). He lives in Nashville with his wife and son.

Mike Hudson will read from Jetsam and Diary of a Punk. The 32 short pieces that make up Jetsam were written and published between 1977 and 2009. His lean and unsentimental prose style is apparent in even the earliest entries here. Diary of A Punk is Hudson's autobiography. He is the founder of the seminal American punk rock group, the Pagans, formed in 1977. His work has appeared in Hustler, the Associated Press, Master Detective, Field & Stream and many other publications here and abroad. He is currently the founding editor and CEO of the Niagara Falls Reporter, a New York tabloid specializing in politics and organized crime.

University of Strangers is Bob Pfeifer's first novel. In a sensational case that made headlines all over the globe, the American student Amanda Knox was convicted of the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, in what Italian authorities described as a sadistic sexual encounter. Pfeifer's novel details the efforts of a secret society, comprised of famous contemporary figures from the worlds of literature, show business and politics, to clear the girl's name. A unique blend of fact and fiction, the book is a spellbinding account of the violence, corruption and celebrity worship that characterize much of 21st century life. Pfeifer was Senior Vice President A&R/Epic/Sony Records and President of Hollywood Records. Artists he's worked with include Alice Cooper, Ornette Coleman, The Screaming Trees, and also soundtracks like the Crow: City of Angels and Lion King. He is a founding member/songwriter of Human Switchboard and Tabby Chinos. He lives in Los Angeles with his son.

Bring Me The Head of Ubu Roi, written by Pere Ubu's singer, David Thomas, is as groundbreaking and radical in its intent as the original text, by Alfred Jarry, that sparked riots in a Paris theater in 1896 - a repudiation of common sense and the refined aesthetic at the heart of the Art-Industrial Complex. "One reason that Ubu Roi endures is that, like water is the Universal Solvent, Père Ubu is the Universal Monster," Mr. Thomas says. "Whoever you personally think is the Bad Guy - whether you demonize those on the Left or the Right, or everyone In-Between - the Church or the State, Big Business or Big Labor - Père Ubu can supply the face and voice. Ubu is a portrait of the soul of every do-gooder monster." David Thomas divides his time between England and the United States, living and working on both continents and touring frequently.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has FREE educational offerings year round. Additional adult education programs include From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits, which gives audiences an inside look at aspects of the music business that are often concealed from view, and Rock and Roll Night School, which gives interested adults the opportunity to expand their rock and roll-related knowledge.

For more information about these and other Rock Hall educational programs, visit www.rockhall.com/education.

About Smog Veil Records


Smog Veil Records was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1991. The label roster includes Batusis (Cheetah Chrome and Sylvain Sylvain of New York Dolls), Complaints Choir, This Moment In Black History, The New Hope v/a compilation, Peter Laughner, Pere Ubu, Tin Huey, Easter Monkeys, Pistol Whip, Unknown Instructors (Mike Watt, George Hurley, Joe Baiza, Dan McGuire, Raymond Pettibon, David Thomas), The Pagans, Teacher’s Pet, Thor, Rocket From The Tombs, Amps II Eleven, New Christs (featuring Rob Younger of Radio Birdman) and Rubber City Rebels.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK(7625) or visit www.rockhall.com. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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