Category Archives: Rock nr Roll Palace

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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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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Grande Artifact 96v – The Vase

Some images and captures did not make the book. One in particular was “the Grande Vase” Artifact 96v. There were apparently a number of these installed throughout the building. Russ Gibb explained. “One night two kids had gotten too drunk or … Continue reading

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Grande Partners and Staff

“In the book I’ve documented a number of partners and staff from the Grande. These are the workers and volunteers that made the Grande run and each show an experience.” – Leo Early Clyde Blair – Light show artist (photo:Clyde … Continue reading

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Part VI: Give the People What They Want

“”Give the People What They Want” is an old showbiz adage. The start of 1967 saw Russ Gibb seeking to learn the tastes of his audiences and to book accordingly.” “As a means to increase attendance, free passes were laid … Continue reading

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Grande Calendar 1966

“At the Grande, or any other venue of the day, it was all about a group’s drawing power. Acts that had a hit record could draw more paying customers. In 1966 The Woolies cracked the Billboard Top 100 with their cover … Continue reading

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