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  • Small Town, Big Music Book Launch Party — Feb 8, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Kent State University Library, Garden Room (first floor), Kent, Ohio 44242

    Ready to Rock and Roll?
    Please join The Kent State University Press and author Jason Prufer to celebrate the publication of Small Town, Big Music: The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll.

    Friday, February 8th
    6 – 9 PM

    Kent State University Library
    Garden Room (first floor)
    Author Presentation, Book Signing, & Light Refreshments

    Relying on oral histories, hundreds of rare photographs, and original music reviews, this book explores the countercultural fringes of Kent, Ohio, over four decades. Firsthand reminiscences from musicians, promoters, friends, and fans recount arena shows featuring acts like Pink Floyd, The Clash, and Paul Simon as well as the grungy corners of town where Joe Walsh, Patrick Carney, Chrissie Hynde, and DEVO refined their crafts. From back stages, hotel rooms, and the saloons of Kent, readers will travel back in time to the great rockin’ nights hosted in this small town. Features a foreword from Joe Walsh.