CLEVELAND ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME STREAMING Cleveland Confidential - Cheetah Chrome, Mike Hudson, Bob Pfeifer & David Thomas

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 04/11/2011 - 16:44.
04/11/2011 - 19:00
04/11/2011 - 21:00
Cleveland Confidential Book Tour Featuring
Cheetah Chrome, Mike Hudson, Bob Pfeifer and David Thomas

Event begins at 7:00 pm EST today (Monday, April 11th, 2011).  Copy and paste URL into your browser to enjoy the live stream:

David Thomas is also on the bill for the GRAMMY Museum event  --- for one night only!  Event is FREE and open to the public.  Moderator Chris Morris (L.A. music writer and DJ. Contributor to Daily and Weekly Variety) will insure the discussion is lively and that the audience is able to pose questions.

Thursday, 4/14 - Grammy Museum at L.A. Live
800 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. A245 Los Angeles, CA 90015
moderator: Chris Morris, Variety
time: 7:30 pm
tickets: FREE!
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Chicago, IL – Smog Veil Records announces that Cleveland Confidential Book Tour has added David Thomas (Rocket From The Tombs and Pere Ubu) for two dates.  Thomas takes part at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH on April 11th and at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on April 14th. For all other stops the tour features three author-musicians also from Cleveland, Ohio including 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). Each will read excerpts from their book, answer questions from the audience and discuss their books and careers with each other. Authors will be available to sign books at each appearance.

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, 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.

Cleveland Confidential Book Tour (all dates may be subject to change):
Saturday, 4/2 - Quimby's Bookstore
1854 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
moderator: Marah Eakin, The Onion
time: 7:00 pm
tickets: FREE!

Sunday, 4/3 - The Comet
4579 Hamilton Avenue, Northside Cincinnati OH 45223
moderator: Chuck Byrd, Aurore Press
time: 4:00 pm
tickets: TBA

Tuesday, 4/5 - Exile 
moderator: Luc Sante, author

Wednesday, 4/6 - Marketplace Gallery
40 Broadway, Suite #23 Albany, NY 12202
moderator: Keri Kresler
time: 7:00 pm
tickets: FREE!

Thursday, 4/7 - Providence Community Library
Knight Memorial Library 275 Elmwood Avenue Providence 02907-1597
moderator: Guy Benoit
time: 7:00 pm
tickets: FREE!

Friday, 4/8 - Brookline Booksmiths
279 Harvard Street Brookline, MA 02446-2908
moderator: Carly Carioli, Boston Phoenix
time: 7:00 pm
tickets: FREE!

Saturday, 4/9 - powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
moderator: Luc Sante, author
time: 7:00 pm
tickets: FREE!
includes fellow Clevelander and musician-author Eric Davidson

Monday, 4/11- Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44114
moderator: Jason Hanley, Rock Hall Musicologist
time: 7:00 pm
tickets: FREE!
featuring David Thomas (Rocket From The Tombs, Pere Ubu)

Tuesday, 4/12 - Ann Arbor District Library – Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Avenue Ann Arbor, MI  48104
moderator: Bill Holdship, former music editor at Detroit Metro Times
time: 7:00 pm
tickets: FREE!

Thursday, 4/14 - Grammy Museum at LA Live
800 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. A245 Los Angeles, CA 90015
moderator: Chris Morris, Variety
time: 7:30 pm
tickets: FREE!
featuring David Thomas (Rocket From The Tombs, Pere Ubu)

Authors and publishers can be found online by following these links:

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.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Cleveland, OH
United States