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  • Wednesday, February 23, 2011
  • Amoeba Records presents
  • Cleveland Confidential Book Tour
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Free

Cleveland Confidential Book Tour features three author-musicians who hail from Cleveland, Ohio but whose influence is without boundaries. The trio includes Cheetah Chrome (Rocket From The Tombs, Dead Boys), Mike Hudson (The Pagans) and Bob Pfeifer (Human Switchboard, Tabby Chinos). 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.

Author/Artist: Cheetah Chrome
Book Title: Cheetah Chrome - A Dead Boy’s Tale From The Front Lines Of Punk Rock
Book Synopsis: 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.
Bio: Chrome is best known as guitarist/founding member of both Rocket From The Tombs and Dead Boys. As a songwriter his 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, as well as Batusis (with Sylvain Sylvain). He lives in Nashville with his wife and son.

Author/Artist: Mike Hudson
Book Title: Jetsam and Diary of a Punk
Book Synopsis: The 32 short pieces that make up Jetsam were written and published between 1977 and 2009 in newspapers and magazines Hudson has worked for during his long career as a journalist and freelance writer. His lean and unsentimental prose style is apparent in even the earliest entries here. Diary of A Punk is Hudson’s autobiography.
Bio: Hudson founded the American punk rock group the Pagans 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.

Author/Artist: Bob Pfeifer
Book Title: University of Strangers
Book Synopsis: In a sensational case that made headlines all over the globe, 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.
Bio: Pfeifer was a founding member and primary songwriter for the critically acclaimed band, Human Switchboard. He went on to be Senior Vice President A&R / Epic Records and President of Hollywood Records (The Walt Disney Company). He is responsible for the sale of 50 Million albums having worked with Alice Cooper, Joe Satriani, Ornette Coleman, The Screaming Trees, Elton John, among many others, and soundtracks like the Crow: City of Angels and Lion King. He lives with his son in Los Angeles.