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The Grande Ballroom Dodges Hurricane Matthew

As The Grande Ballroom Detroit’s Rock n Roll Palace continues to storm up the online sales charts I’ve received news from my publisher Arcadia\History Press in Charleston, South Carolina. They are meeting all orders for the book from retailers and … Continue reading

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Ann Delisi WDET – Leo Early Grande Interview audio

If you didn’t catch it live on September 24, listen below to my interview with the lovely, super cool and knowledgeable radio host and Deejay Ann Delisi.  Then, if you enjoy Ann Delisi’s Essential Music on WDET as I do, be sure … Continue reading

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John Sinclair and the Psychedelic Rangers

As John Sinclair turns 75 today October 2, 2016 I was reminded of this story and picture that did not make the book. Sinclair was a master organizer and the Psychedelic Rangers was a group he put together to help … Continue reading

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On the Floor 1968 – The Grande Ballroom

Not every image of the 100’s I collected for the book was good enough to published. There are of course, many shots of the talent on stage taken throughout the years. However there are precious few that were taken with … Continue reading

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Wayne Cochran – Grande Ballroom 1968

The regulars that Friday night in June of ’68 thought that perhaps a wedding band had gotten lost and was now setting up on the stage of the Grande. The polished shoes and tuxedos sure didn’t look promising and some … Continue reading

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Part VII: Two If by Sea ’68

Beginning in late ’67 Russ Gibb began to work with out of town agents to book a number of British bands. By 1968 a prime example was the Jeff Beck Group featuring Rod Stewart. Here is a photo of the … Continue reading

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Author Leo Early – Dearborn Music book signing – Saturday October 1

Arcadia – History Press publishing has been so excited about the online pre-order success of The Grande Ballroom – Detroit’s Rock n Roll Palace that they have arranged a pre-release book signing in partnership with Dearborn Music. On Saturday October 1 … Continue reading

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Grande Ballroom History Tour and Excursion Charter sells out

Wow! The Grande Ballroom History Tour and Excursion Charter has sold out! 1 Driver + 1 Author + 39 courageous Grande fanatics in one super cool charter coach! This is going to be a lot of fun. I don’t know of … Continue reading

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Leo Early on Ann Delisi’s Essential Music – WDET 9-24-16

Catch author Leo Early talking about “The Grande Ballroom Detroit’s Rock n Roll Palace” on Ann Delisi’s Essential Music show, WDET FM 101.9 Detroit Saturday September 24 – 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. “Ann is one of Detroit’s most respected and knowledgeable music … Continue reading

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Tim Buckley – Grande 1967

“One of the first acts to be featured from beyond the Midwest region was Tim Buckley, a favorite of Grande audiences and Uncle Russ.” For more.. get the book!

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