There must have been something in the water in Cleveland back in the ’70s, spawning such an unlikely midwestern punk stronghold.
Three Cleveland punk alum rolled into the MarketPlace Gallery in Albany on Wednesday evening. But times have changed. They weren’t there to rock, despite the drum kit and amplifiers that were all set up behind them. Instead, they were there to read.
Cheetah Chrome (of the Dead Boys), Mike Hudson (of the Pagans) and Bob Pfeifer (of Human Switchboard) were on tour in support of their latest books, and they drew a modest crowd for the free reading. In typical rock ‘n’ roll fashion, things got off to a late start. Scheduled to begin at 7pm, nobody even started setting up the PA system ’til 7:45. And in typical punk fashion, the readings seemed almost as short as the blitzkreig two-minute songs that the bands used to spit out.