After 12 years of toil, dozens of interviews, countless library hours and plenty of travel, I am pleased to finally announce the release of my book, “The Grande Ballroom – Detroit’s Rock n Roll Palace.” Much thanks to all the Grande faithful who helped me get to this point. To all the principals, patrons and performers, I hope this offering is a reflective glimpse into the entire 88 year history of the building that you will all enjoy.
Leo Early 2016
“In the 1920’s, a jewel of Detroit entertainment arose on the west side – the Grande Ballroom. The venue flourished under the ownership of infamous gambler Harry Weitzman and management of dance scion Paul Strasburg. The advent of rock n’ roll pushed the ballroom into hard times, but in 1966, a local schoolteacher and disc jockey Russ Gibb resurrected it with the promise of live rock music.The new psychedelic ballroom style attracted scores of suburban baby boomers and helped launch the careers of local legends like the MC5, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent. Soon the ballroom’s prestige attracted international acts like the Cream, the Who and the Jeff Beck group. Detroit Music expert Leo Early celebrates this beloved venue.”
Publication date October 3, 2016 with two (2) ways to order:
1 – Amazon pre-order (Amazon ships directly you immediately on October 3rd)
2 – At the Grande 50th event I will be signing a LIMITED number of copies for event attendees. You must have a ticket to enter this event. (Box office)
You may reserve purchase one of these Grande 50th copies which must be picked up in person. I will be happy to personalize a copy expressly for you. Orders are processed via Paypal which accepts most credit cards here:
Cover photo by Tom Weschler
The Grande Ballroom – Detroit’s Rock n Roll Palace Facebook group – Discuss the book!
The Grande Ballroom – Detroit’s Rock n Roll Palace – Fan/Book page
The Friends of the Grande Facebook page – Grass roots activism
Leoearly.com – Author Page