Rebels and Underdogs: The Story of Ohio Rock and Roll

Rebels and Underdogs: The Story of Ohio Rock and Roll

Rebels and Underdogs: The Story of Ohio Rock and Roll

Rebels and Underdogs: The Story of Ohio Rock and Roll

Synopsis

From Cleveland to Cincinnati and everywhere in between, Ohio rocks. Rebels and Underdogs: The Story of Ohio Rock and Roll takes readers behind the scenes to witness the birth and rise of musical legends like the Black Keys, Nine Inch Nails, Devo, the Breeders, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, and many others who got their start in garages and bars across Ohio. Through candid, first-hand interviews, Garin Pirnia captures new stories from national legends like the Black Keys and slow-burn local bands like Wussy from Cincinnati. Discover why Greenhornes' members Patrick Keeler and Brian Olive almost killed each other on stage one night, what happened to the pink guitar Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails gave to band member Richard Patrick, why Devo loved the dissonance when they were booed by 400,000 music lovers in England, and so much more! Entertaining, inspiring, and revolutionary, Rebels and Underdogs is the untold story of the bands, the state, and rock itself.

Excerpt

Ohio is a weird state. IT’S an even weirder pl ace to grow up. With Lake Erie to the north and the Ohio River to the south, Ohio is otherwise landlocked. Winters are harsh, and summers are uncomfortably hot and humid. the seasons make it rife for Ohioans to spend a lot of time indoors, in basements and garages, drubbing on instruments and creating art. the idea for this book germinated from my realizing just how many amazing musicians have formed bands or were born in the Buckeye State. When we think of music scenes, we think of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Nashville, and Austin—but an entire state dedicated to one great band after the next? and they each sound different and have their own individualities? How is that possible? So I dug deep and interviewed more than thirty folks associated with the rock and roll scene in their Ohio hometowns (and a few who didn’t grow up in Ohio). the one question I asked everybody was, What was it about Ohio that bred these bands? Was there something specific to Ohio? the consensus seemed to be that a lot of bands formed out of boredom or to combat their working-class environs. Ohioans had both an underdog and rebellious attitude in that they were going . . .

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