In 1970, Richard Kabat saw an opportunity for an entertainment-centric weekly and launched Cleveland Scene with a loan from his brother. Then he and his inexperienced staff held on long enough to catch one of the last waves of money...
History is written by the victors. That's why you've heard of Motown or Stax Records and not Cleveland's own soul upstart, Way Out Records. Housed in a storefront on East 55th St. between Euclid and Chester, the label grew out of an odd-couple partnership between a hustler and a cop.
In a way, The Cleveland Confidential Book Tour is just like the old days, when Pagans frontman Mike Hudson, Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome, and Human Switchboard frontman Bob Pfeifer would pile into a van, drive across the country, and convince occasionally indifferent audiences to listen to them. They're even calling the readings "gigs" -- gigs with less equipment, as Pfeifer says.
Most fans think Mr. Gnome's music rocks; some find it downright erotic. Credit singer-guitarist Nicole Barille's hot-and-bothered vocals, which bring to mind that diner scene in When Harry Met Sally, where Meg Ryan showed off her fake-orgasm skills.