The pleasures of local color

| June 28, 2009

I spent a few hours on Larchmere Boulevard in Cleveland yesterday, baking in the sun to sell copies of my book, “Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories.” I was part of the Loganberry Books local authors’ fair, which was part of a daylong flea market. Didn’t sell a single copy, but I saw a lot of […]

Remembering the latest king

| June 26, 2009

When I called Michael Jackson a has-been on my Facebook page, some people were pissed. All I meant was that since the mid-’90s, the most interesting thing about Jackson, who died June 25, was his dysfunction. Weird-looking, for sure; mysterious and shape-shifting psychologically and otherwise. The child molestation charges he was cleared of, the marriages […]

Rocker bliss

| June 13, 2009

Lylah and I drove to Fredericksburg, an Ohio town so small it seems like nothing more than a string of houses between huge tracts of land, today to pick up a bentwood rocker from Marty Hershberger. Marty’s Amish; his faith forbids him from having his picture taken, so I settled—happily—for a shot of one of […]

Media glare, media shifts

| June 10, 2009

I’m in a fashion spread in today’s Plain Dealer. I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails about it. It’s fun to be in the spotlight. It’s also fun to wear stuff I really like, particularly these days, when I spend a lot of time at home and there’s no need to dress up to go […]

It’s Ki time

| June 9, 2009

Big news: The first CD by one of my favorite duos, guitarist Bob Fraser and Ki Allen, is finally out and available at CD Baby. Its name is “Calling Card.” It’s a collection of 13 tunes including one original, “Nonetheless.” Ki wrote the melody, Bob arranged it, and Ireta, Ki’s mother, wrote the lyrics. “Nonetheless” […]

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I'm a veteran critic and business writer who reads and listens and writes about music, books, hotels and travel. I've been in the business for many years and still enjoy it. My pride and joy is my book, Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories. Follow me on Twitter: