Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Collecting & Hoarding.... keep it all coming folks!


ONGOING RESEARCH & BOOK PROGRESS -- The authors are continuing to collect many interesting interviews and seamy stories (some are suitable for printing), and plan to keep you updated here with those clips and photographs as we progress.  Whether you are a musician, a fan, or just a fly on the wall, we want to hear and see what you have from the distant and/or not-so-distant past.... please keep 'em coming folks!  Feel free to "CONTACT US" via the email link on the left.... many thanks for visiting!

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Vintage Photo of the Day -- circa 1960's

NIRVANA - Grande Ballroom poster, promo photographs, concept drawing


You got it folks... Windsor, Ontario-based "NIRVANA" opened for PROCAL HARUM at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan, on Friday, May 17, 1968 -- The band was well known on the local circuit many years before the popular U.S. west coast band was formed.

Thanks go to the guys for the photographs, clippings, & associated stories (to follow)...


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Collecting & Hoarding.... keep 'em coming folks!

BOOK PROGRESS -- The authors are continuing to collect many interesting interviews and seamy stories (some are suitable for printing), and plan to keep you updated here with those clips and photographs as we progress.  Whether you are a musician, a fan, or just a fly on the wall, we want to hear and see what you have from the distant and/or not-so-distant past.... please keep 'em coming folks! Feel free to "CONTACT US" via the email link on the left.... many thanks for visiting!

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Vintage Photo of the Day -- circa 1986

THE SHEIKS OF R&B - circa 1986 at California's Road House, on Walker Road in Windsor, Ontario. 

L to R... Scotty Hughes (guitar); Gordie Johnson (bass); Les Nagy (tenor sax); Jamie Perkins (trombone); 
Kurt Ellenberger (trumpet); Doug Tann (band leader, drums); Bob Fazecash (trumpet); 
Tom Hogarth (vocals); Ray Manzerolle (alto sax); Tom Borshuk (keyboards)

SPECIAL THANKS go to Richard Janik for the photograph and associated story.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

CBC RADIO ONE INTERVIEW

The authors were interviewed about the book project by CBC Windsor Radio One host Sara Elliot -- have a listen to that interview here....


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Vintage Poster of the Day -- circa 1967



A blast from the past,  circa 1967 -- THE INTERSECTION (now The Scottish Club)  It was very common to see featured performers such as THE BOB SEGER SYSTEM, THE WOOLIES, TED NUGENT & THE AMBOY DUKES, THE BLUES TRAIN, and many more at this Windsor, Ontario establishment!   Note the fine print at the bottom.... "MUST BE 17 -- NO LEVIS"

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Day in the Life of a DMA Booking Agent, circa 1969

INTERVIEW – Local booking agent from the late 60's recalling one of many anecdotes from his day job:



"The problem with my friend (name withheld) is that he did heroin...and I am strictly against any hard drugs, having dealt with it with Iggy...you know, Iggy Pop? That was bad enough...I mean, I one time found Iggy in a friggin' donut shop at 6am in the morning, passed out on a table with girls' gloves on up to the elbow, and girls' sunglasses on, and completely passed out. I was on my way to work, you know, I was trying to beat the traffic when I worked for DMA. So i went over to him, I says, "Iggy...um...look, if I go back to the office and tell them what I've seen here, they're not gonna be very impressed, you're not gonna be getting any work for a while...I mean, you're gonna have to chill this out..." so I gave him a ride home and dropped him off on the way to work...funny but that's kinda how things went in those days."

...excerpt from our interview with former booking agent for Diversified Management Agency (DMA), Detroit.



part of the concert poster for –– SUPER SESSION WINDSOR ARENA –– held on Sunday, September 20, 1970 with Talent Coordination by DMA, Windsor, Ontario.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

"On The Border - A Post-War History of Our Music"

A Post-War Oral History of the Bands, Bookies, Agents, Performers, Producers, Club Owners, Fans, Hangers-On, Promoters, Nomads, Burn-Outs, Born-Agains, Techies and assorted Characters who knew the Windsor-Detroit music scene first-hand...


THE BOOK... tentatively titled "ON THE BORDER – A POST-WAR HISTORY OF OUR MUSIC", is in the research stage and with the assistance of publishing house Biblioasis Inc. and the Ontario Arts Council is set for release in the fall of 2014. Our goal is to produce a high quality book intended to be part of the region's official history and musical legacy. We are currently compiling interviews and visual materials that will focus on the border city music scene during the years from the early 1950's to the present.

THE AUTHORS are eager to get your input in the form of stories, anecdotes, photographs, concert posters, newspaper clippings, all manner of memorabilia. The book is intended to be a visual history as well as a written one – so please start digging into those memorabilia collections – we'd love to see what you have from days gone.


Al Siegel's Elmwood Hotel & Casino, Windsor, Ontario, Canada –– postcard image circa 1951 –– "AND THE NIGHT SHALL BE FILLED WITH MUSIC... With Dancing to Jack Madden & His Orchestra"


Al Siegel's Elmwood Hotel & Casino, Windsor, Ontario, Canada –– a swizzle stick from circa 1951 –– from the world famous Elmwood Ambassador Room "... where the greatest stars of stage, screen and radio are spotlighted in lavishly staged reviews ..."