Email Carlo Wolff

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  1. Johnny Holliday says:

    I ran across one of your pieces where you stated the best DJ to ever come out of Cleveland was JOHNNY HOLLIDAY!! Wow, what a compliment, cnsidering the many talents have have graced the Cleveland radio scene over the years.
    it makes one feel good to know that after all these years people like you still have nice memories of those great days of the early 60’s..

    Stay well,

    Johnny Holliday

  2. Carlo,

    Hope to hear from you.

    Rosalie (chugg) Van Skyhawk

  3. cindy ross says:

    Hi Carlo, I thought I’d make your acquaintance- i’m the other writer who is coming on the Columbia press trip. Sine there are only 2 of us I thought I’d say hi. I’ll try to attach my bio. I don’t have a website for my writing work (just art) but if you go to Amazon and type in Scraping heaven- A Family’s JOurney Along the Continental Divide- my 6 books should come up. I am looking forward to the trip. Sen dme your e-mail address. And are oyu on Facebook?
    Thanks , Cindy Ross

  4. Mark Hodermarsky says:

    Hope this email reaches you!

  5. Carlo says:

    Obviously we connected. I’m just getting around to cleaning up comments on my blog. It was a pleasure to meet you and speak to the Ignatius students. I look forward to another meeting. A belated Happy New Year, by the way!

  6. Carlo says:

    I’m just getting around to responding to comments on my blog. Loved being the only other journalist on that great Colombia trip. I hope we see each other again soon.

  7. Carlo says:

    I see you’re on Facebook. Contact me there and tell me something about yourself.

  8. Reginald Smith says:

    Hi Carlo Wolff,
    My name is Reginald Smith and I read your article on the Rock n Roll website
    about the Northern Soul group’s from the 60’s and 70’s. I think you are a
    fantastic writer. I was talking to Lou Ragland by E-mail a lot, I have one of his
    first Promo 45’s with SARU RECORDS on 2300 Payne Ave, about trying to
    research any way to get funds and monies and donation’s or grant’s, to put together a annual “Northern Soul / R&B Festival Weekend in Cleveland, Ohio.
    If you can keep me in mind with any help or suggestions for this “dream”
    I just love all those guy’s in that era. I have a few ideas. If you have time I would
    love a response.

  9. Marija says:

    I sent you an email but I am not sure you received it. Anyways enclosed is my reply and if you are free shoot me an email and I’ll respond.
    Thank you,

  10. Carlo says:

    Just got around to reading this. Let’s talk. Reach me at

  11. Carlo says:

    I don’t think I got your e-mail. Send me another at Who are you?

  12. Carlo — Jeff Chiplis suggested I send you a copy of my memoir “Stations of the Lost & Found – A True Tale of Armed Robbery, Stolen Cars, Outsider Art, Mutant Poetry, Underground Publishing, Robbing the Cradle, and Leaving the Country” by Smith & Lady.

    You might know me from publishing “Artcrimes” or being Daniel Thompson’s friend or not at all.

    If you want a book, let me know. Here’s our press release.

    The man Cool Cleveland labeled “everything your mother warned you about” (2003) has released an autobiography that continues his tradition of shock and awe.

    The book, *Stations of the Lost & Found: A True Story of Armed Robbery, Stolen Cars, Outsider Art, Mutant Poetry, Underground Publishing, Robbing the Cradle and Leaving the Country* by Smith & Lady, is the story of Steven B. Smith, a Cleveland artist who pursued the outrageous and the good, finally finding meaning in art, poetry and odd life experiences.

    Public radio’s WCPN reports Smith as “one of the 70’s artistic renegades and anti-establishment types who proudly wore the banner of criminal and terrorist; Smith is something of an underground legend in the Cleveland art scene.” (September, 2012)

    He’s also called “the ultimate insider of outsider art” (Northern Ohio Live, 2006); “funny and poignant, but with rough edges worthy of a tetanus shot” (Scene, 1996); “equal parts artist, poet, publisher, eccentric, gadfly, lightning rod, underground cultural icon.” (Deep Cleveland, 2006); and “a genius at putting objects together in a way that is all at once poetic, raw, perhaps lugubrious, and at times biting or potentially offensive” (Plain Dealer, 1987).

    Life-long friend Stone Ranger said, “Let’s face it Smith, if the song ‘My Way’ were written about your life, it would be lyrics by William S. Burroughs and music by Laurie Anderson, as performed by The Velvet Underground.” (2002)

    Published by The City Poetry Press, the beautifully-written 364 page book is available for $20 online at, through the Smiths at readings, or via their daily blog, Copies are also available at Mac’s Backs and Visible Voice Books.

    The back book blurb sums it up:
    Drug orgies, massive refindings of reality, the acceptance of interdimensions. Errant life scout, cultural adventurer, perception tester, court jester, inner seeker, reality adjuster, flow surfer, servant and searcher of Other.

    Born in Bitterroot, raised on Paradise Prairie, farm boy, car thief, Naval Academy, expelled for dope, society marriage, armed robbery, jail, illegal loft dweller, Artcrimes, rat attacks, overdose, celibate, remarried, expat. Ran from the cops ten times, got away nine.

    Stations of the Lost & Found has been getting excellent feedback from readers, which may be viewed along with excerpts, raw material and photos at; here are a few comments:

    Dianne Borsenik, poet and publisher: “What a read! It’s an I-can’t-put-it-down-what-the-heck’s-gonna-happen-next kind of book.”

    John Burroughs, poet & publisher: “I’d trade any of Kerouac’s or Bukowski’s volumes for it in a heartbeat.”

    William Merricle, poet: “The book is brutally good and honest.”

    If you need a book for reviewing purposes, let Smith know at or call (216) 645-9400.

  13. Karen Tremain says:

    Dear Mr. Wolff:

    A few weeks back, I emailed a woman at the company who published your book about the history of rock and roll. I also attached a letter to anyone who wanted to read it about a dream that I have regarding educating the masses about the roots of rock history based on your book.

    My dream, based from the facts of your book, is to bring Moondog and the citizens of Cleveland and northeastern Ohio who were very open to his music genre to life. I feel that in any other market other than Cleveland, Rock-N-Roll would not be as we know it today.

    In this vision, I want to work on bringing Moondog himself back to life. From the videos that I have seen of Moondog, he looks much like actor Gary Sinise (only Moondog would have been about 20 years younger give or take a few years when he worked at the Cleveland radio station in 1951.) Furthermore, I know that actor Gary Sinise can be transformed into Moondog quite easily using various make-up, lighting and camera angle methods.

    Moreover, in addition to Gary Sinise, I am requesting that Dan Aykroyd serve as his manager boss at the Cleveland radio station. Dan Aykroyd serves as the character Ellwood from the movie The Blues Brothers. In addition, Dan’s movie character of Ellwood currently hosts a House of Blues hour on my San Diego independent radio station, KPRI. The character Ellwood always gives a history of the roots of Rock-N-Roll while giving a history of the blues band or artist before spinning the label. I am sure he uses an old fashion studio turnstile while hosting the show. Plus, I can’t help but feel that Aykroyd would make a good publicist for Cleveland’s pivotal part that played in the evolution of Rock music history.
    Alongside Gary Sinise and Dan Aykroyd another actor that I would like to give a part to would be Liam Neeson. I feel he would make a great program manager and boss for Moondog when he worked in NYC. Liam would end up both hiring and firing Moondog at the NYC radio station.

    Other than these three famous actors, I would like to give Clevelanders and Northeastern Ohioans the opportunity of playing various supportive roles as the story of Moondog segues from the Cleveland audience to the entire U.S. nation when he lands a job in New York City. Primarily the only females during this time period to work in radio were the support staff. Again, I would like the female roles to be given to non-famous natives from Ohio.

    One of the main characters at the Cleveland radio station is, of course, Kid Leo. Kid Leo was still a DJ until I left Ohio in 1998. Unfortunately, the radio stations and classic rock music of the 1950’s is no longer spinning. To me, this is very sad that the current generation won’t be exposed to the music that made Cleveland a legend in rock music history. Again, the part of Kid Leo would be played by a non-famous person plucked out of Northeastern Ohio preferably a kid who is currently attending one of the regional universities and is under age 22. He also has to look the part of a kid from 1951 and who matches up to pics of Kid Leo taken at that time.

    Another idea in the premise of rock history is the fact that some Christian groups opposed this genre of music during its early days. I would like to handle this matter very carefully because, as you know, Christian music also has formed around the history of rock and does give merit to the roots as well.
    From my own research that I have gathered, most of those against the rise of rock during those early days were from the Caucasian evangelical extremists of the south retaliating in the fact that black and white youth were attending Moondog Coronation balls, dancing together and actually having fun in each other’s company. There was an open bond of friendship where racism was left at the ballroom outside doors.

    Within the context of the story, I do not want to spread current political unrest nor do I want to give the opinion that rock music itself is against the Christian community. In fact, music is supposed to do what Alan Moondog Freed had intended it to be, which is bring everyone from every religious and political belief together and just simply enjoy having fun and, of course, dancing.

    The final little message that I’d like to subtly interject is an underlying tone that stems from all of the greats in music such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse who addictions reflect in the lyrics that Nickelback sang in their song, “Rockstar.” The lines from this song state the following: Everybody’s got a drug dealer on speed dial. However, this pertains to alcoholism as well and how addictions have taken out some of the most talented people in the music industry.

    Summarizing the above aforementioned, I want to educate the masses and settle the quandary as to why Cleveland received the nod for the Rock Hall of Fame—the people who made it all happen and, moving forward, that although Moondog was the first to die in the industry from chemical dependency, it just doesn’t have to be that way. There are better ways to utilize talent other than frying precious brain cells.

    Moreover, with the exception of rock history and Cleveland, I want to present these ideas to the masses in subtle and very creative ways. Also, within the whole premise of the storyline, I want to kill the current Hollywood clichés of boring biographies and add in a music score so powerful that it’ll educate the masses and bring community resident mosh pits into the theaters and eventually into their own home theater mosh pits.

    In conclusion, my position is finding someone such as Emmy Award Winning actor, Kiefer Sutherland, who has the financial resources, networking tools, a group of more than heavily talented, unbiased, capable brainstorming writers, knowledge of rock history and who would be up to the challenge of directing, producing and leading the search for the cast within a community of virtual nobody’s. What’s more, I enjoy giving the everyday dude and dudette a chance of performing straight out of a shop on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland (or college students from one of the Northeastern universities.)

    Additionally, I also think Mr. Sutherland shares a lot of visions about the industry as I do with his own enterprising Ironworks Music Studio and the theory he shares with his cohort, Jude Cole, that music does come from the heart.

    Thank you for taking the time and reading the above.


    Karen L. Tremain

    P.S. Karen Tremain, one who was involved in getting signatures for the Rock Hall of Fame and who used to listen to Alan himself say the immortal words: Hi, this is Alan Moondog Freed. Back in 1951, I coined the term Rock-N-Roll. However, I didn’t know at the time I listened to his message that he had all ready died. I was just a kid.

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