The Grande Ballroom: Detroit's Rock 'n' Roll Palace by Leo EarlyThe Grande Ballroom: Detroit's Rock 'n' Roll Palace by Leo Early

The Grande Ballroom: Detroit's Rock 'n' Roll Palace

byLeo Early

Paperback | October 3, 2016

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In the 1920s, a jewel of Detroit entertainment arose on the Westside--the Grande Ballroom. The venue flourished under the ownership of infamous gambler Harry Weitzman and management of dance scion Paul Strasburg. The advent of rock "n" roll pushed the ballroom into hard times, but in 1966, local schoolteacher and disc jockey Russ Gibb resurrected it with the promise of live rock music. The new psychedelic ballroom style attracted scores of suburban baby boomers and helped launch the careers of local legends like the MC5, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent. Soon the ballroom's prestige attracted international acts like Cream, the Who and the Jeff Beck Group. Detroit music history expert Leo Early celebrates this beloved venue.
Title:The Grande Ballroom: Detroit's Rock 'n' Roll PalaceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.31 inPublished:October 3, 2016Publisher:The History PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1626197814

ISBN - 13:9781626197817

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"With a keen eye for detail and a sharp historical sensibility, Dearborn author Early revisits the tale of the venerable west side ballroom that became one of the country's psychedelic rock meccas in the late '60s. Grande Ballroom lore has loomed large in Detroit through the decades (the documentary "Louder Than Love" was issued on DVD this summer), but nowhere has it been covered at a more granular level than in this 222-page book, which recounts fun rock 'n' roll tales ("The MC5 Versus Cream"), key moments (the Who's live premiere of "Tommy") and signature characters such as Russ Gibb and Tom Wright. " Detroit Free Press