New Release Chronicles History of Rock Scene in Virginia; Book by Pete Crigler, Released by Dog Ear Publishing

West Point, VA, July 09, 2010 --( Chronicling the history of rock music in Virginia from the 1950s to the 21st century was a labor of love for author Pete Crigler, who has been a fan of music from an early age. The book tells the story of the state’s links to rock, from the genre’s early days to the rockabilly of Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps from Norfolk to the punk band Cloak/Dagger and Conditions in the 21st century. More than 80 photographs – including some from the musicians’ own collections – and interviews add depth to this chronicle of rockers, both obscure and well known.

Keeping It Tight in the Old Dominion, published by Dog Ear Publishing, showcases rockers from all eras. For instance, Gary “U.S.” Bonds began making waves in Norfolk by the end of 1960, and his song “Quarter to Three” still is known as one of the great party songs of all time. Another success story, from Virginia Beach this time, is Bill Deal and the Rhondels, who are forever tied to surf/beach music. In the 1970s, Arlington-based Pentagram, a hard rock/metal band, took the underground world by storm, with reports that Kiss band members inquired about buying a song. A decade later, a pianist and his band from Williamsburg, Bruce Hornsby and the Range, put out an impressive string of hits. Current rock and rollers from Virginia include GWAR, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz and Cracker.

The book’s focus is clearly on the music, and its detailed descriptions provide a lesson on rock and roll history that won’t be soon forgotten.

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Keeping It Tight in the Old Dominion: A History of Virginia Rock Music
Pete Crigler
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-414-4 128 pages $19.95 US

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