Rock and Roll

Picture of Jason Prufer (right), picture of book cover (left).
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Jason Prufer is the author of Small Town, Big Music - The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll.  The book features first-hand stories of big-name musicians traveling through Kent, as well as the local music scene where Joe Walsh, Patrick Carney, Chrissie Hynde, and DEVO refined their crafts. The book is published by the Kent State University Press. 

Prufer also works as a Senior library associate in Kent State University's library.

Photo of famed DJ Alan Freed
ALANFREED.COM

On Saturday, the ashes of legendary disc jockey Alan Freed are due to come to their final resting place.

Freed blended a love of music with a dynamic radio personality to make an indelible mark on American popular culture.

For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's David C. Barnett has this remembrance of the man who gave Rock and Roll its name.

photo of Chuck Berry and Keith Richards
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its Class of 2016 today in New York City. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia looks back to the very first Rock Hall induction, 30 years ago.