Wow! What a great book! “Smoky, Sweaty, Rowdy, and Loud – Tales of Cleveland’s Legendary Rock and Roll Landmarks” by Mike and Janice Olszewski. It’s just what the title says, amazing venues old and present in Cleveland Ohio. I have fond memories of the Richfield Coliseum, The Agora, Cleveland Municipal Stadium, The Phantasy Nite Club and Theater, The Variety Theater, The Empire Concert Club, The Euclid Tavern (which i booked 1989 through 1995) and and many more. The Municipal Stadium where they held the ‘World Series of Rock’ for many years, he covers the 1978 Rolling Stones show which drew 86,000 people, general admission…that’s the way they rolled then. I remember seeing Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Journey, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC (Bon Scott) and the very first United States appearance of The Scorpions at one show there. Other memories i have from venues mentioned is Motorhead at The Variety where they set the record of the loudest show ever. It was so loud the ceiling started to come down and they were eventually unplugged. Metallica on Ride the Lighting tour, the Dead Kennedy’s, Venom, Slayer and Exodus on one show plus many more. The Agora I saw Metallica on the Kill Em All tour, Accept, Slayer, Sisters of Mercy, and so on. At The Phantasy i caught Ministry on The Mind Is a Terrible Thing To Taste tour, NIN on Pretty Hate Machine tour, Peter Murphy, Voivod, Saxon, Anthrax with their original singer, Raven and so on. The Empire I saw the Revolting Cocks, NIN, KMFDM, and many more. The Euclid Tavern, where do i start, The Jesus Lizard, Cop Shoot Cop, Soul Coughing, Cows and enough to fill 6 years of rock, and the Richfield Coliseum where i saw my first show in 1977 which was Queen News of The World tour, the Black and Blue tour, Aerosmith a ton of times, Kiss, BOC, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and on and on.
This is my new favorite book. There are so many rooms to cover he couldn’t get them in one book…so he’s going to write a second one that will feature the ones that didn’t get into this book.
The book is published by Gray & Company publishers www.grayco.com – I went to the site and it hasn’t been put up yet at the time of me writing this…it is brand new. I’m sure if you’re interested in purchasing it (highly recommended) email them and they’ll set you up.

 

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a little over two years ago, artist scott pickering and myself did a collaboration show called “double dog daddy-o”. each piece we both worked into, i would do 10 and he would do 10, then we’d swap and work on each others. well, we’re getting started on creating a new body of work together, date and location of the show has yet to be determined, but it should happen by years end…stay tuned…. below is one of the pieces we did last time, give you an idea of what to expect.

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so…….i’m sitting in front of the TV while scratching in my sketch book. the ellen show is on in the background. i stop and look up and she has a dancing family on, i guess the family that dances together gets on the ellen show together. she then has one of those Kardashians on, i don’t know which one, i don’t catch up with the Kardashians….one thing i noticed is ellen isn’t funny, she’s more of a smart ass, she takes tiny mean jabs at her guests, or at least at that Kardashian. i felt bad because the dis’s were too subtle that they went over the kardashians’ head, which isn’t hard to do….which made ellen look all that much more of a non gracious host. well there you go, aren’t you glad you stopped by 😉

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I would like to thank everyone for voting me best artist in the @clevelandscene readers poll but I believe the real winner should be @eileendorsey who came in second. She’s woking as hard or harder than any artist in Cleveland these days. Her work is amazing and her use of color cant be touched. Give her a follow, you wont be disappointed and if your in the Cleveland area you should make a point to visit her studio at 78th St Studios

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well….here’s another new post…i will try and stay on top of it….looks like we’re going to do life drawing at my gallery on tuesday nights this coming may. we’ll be drawing from a nude model so 18+ please. this is open to the public. i won’t be teaching but i will be there if someone wants my input / help. more soon….

i have a new piece i just put up in the originals gallery, it’s an angel with burning wings… check it out HERE

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welcome back to my blog…or welcome me back to my blog! i’m not a good blogger, but i will try and keep up….coming up may 16th i will be part of a group show at the grog shop in cleveland heights called “geriatric mayhem”. it’s a BIG show of cleveland talent…it’s so big that the artwork will spill over to the other part of the grog, the “b side”. here’s the FB page for it – geriatric mayhem – check it out.

new things coming to the web site…stay tuned.

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!!! had a second appearance in court today for a traffic violation. they say i cut off an ambulance which is wrong, an angry cop was just taking out his self hatred on me..anyway the ambulance was more than 100 yards away when i made my turn. i’m driving around the cleveland clinic to pick up a friend who was just diagnosis with cancer. if you ever been down at the cleveland clinic you know what i mean when i say i was lost. anyway i made my turn and next thing i know i’m getting lit up with the cops flashers…..so i go to my first appearance in court and i plea not guilty, so they gave me a second court date to deal with me. what was at risk was a big fine, points on my licenses, and court costs which is $141 which is just crazy. so i get called up to appear before the judge and the prosecutor says the police officer who ticketed me didn’t show so my case was thrown out., no fines, no points, and no court costs…i fought the law and derek won.

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along with my therapist issue comes some crippling depression issues that are going on right now…the kind where you dont shower, the household chores are neglected, dirty cloths and dishes pile up, fish in my tanks die, debris is on the floors, not walking the dog, not eating, sleeping a lot and not being able to produce, options that weren’t there before come to the fore front and become a viable solution. this is what my art sometimes reflects, although this time the art isn’t coming at all.

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hey everyone….my good friend spodee has recently been diagnosed with throat cancer. as for most of us, disease never hits at a good time, same is true with spodee. his financial situation is grim and his paycheck to paycheck way of life has been interrupted with him because he’s not able to work…so, there has been a go fund me account set up for him. if you are so inclined donate some go funds for him… here’s the link, https://www.gofundme.com/help-our-friend-spodie

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attention folks who came to the shows i booked at the euclid tavern from 1989 – 1995. we’re putting together a book of my fliers i did for the shows i booked at the euc and we’re looking for stories from the folks who where in attendance…you remember the jesus lizard, soul coughing, cop shoot cop, etc, and have a story to go along with them hit me up, we want you!

please send to derekhess216@gmail.com

here’s a picture of me and david yow from the jesus lizard from back in the day…

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