Free to Rock

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On December 3rd, Doug Yeager who was in town to share his film, Free to Rock: How Rock and Roll Brought Down the Wall, came into WVXU's studio to talk about his friend, Odetta.  He was her manager from 1976 until her passing in 2008.  During our conversation, Doug shared many stories about Odetta including her friendships with Dr. Maya Angelou and Harry Belafonte.  He also discussed her influence on many, many musicians over the decades of her career...Bob Dylan; Joan Baez; Madeleine Peyroux; Peter, Paul & Mary; Richie Havens, and Janis Joplin.

This week's music scene has lots of holiday events on tap.  From Cincinnati Film Society's presentation of  the documentary "Jingle Bell Rocks!" to the 3rd Annual Island Christmas Holiday at The Redmoor and the Society Jazz Orchestra at Schwartz's Point Jazz Club.

No Promises, the Randy Villars Trio, and the Bromwell Diehl Band all have concerts this week.  And, Larry Goshorn found some of his & the Goshorn Brothers' cds in his basement & took them to Shake It Records if you're still looking for that special gift for a music lover.

The holidays are upon us, and therefore, lots of related events like Price Hill Will's "Holiday on the Hill,"  the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Nutter Center, Saengerfest 2018, and tickets going on sale for the Boar's Head & Yule Log Festival.

A film documentary, "Free to Rock," will be shown at UC's Main Street Cinema on campus Friday, November 30th at 1pm.  Doug Yeager, one of the filmmakers, will be in attendance and also participate in the question & answer session afterwards.  

And, sadly, Walt Harrell, "Bunky Tadwell," one of WNOP's on-air personalities, passed away recently.  His funeral will be held this Saturday, December 1st in Delhi at the Dennis George Funeral Home.

Doug Yeager is a Cincinnati born (Wyoming High School and University of Cincinnati) documentarian and filmmaker who will be back on campus for a showing of his latest project, Free to Rock

There's a film coming to the University of Cincinnati's Mainstreet Cinema on Friday, November 30th, with  an important thesis which is that rock and roll was a contributing factor in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Communist party.  Cincinnati native Doug Yeager, one of the producers of the film, "Free to Rock," will be at the screening.  Doors open at noon, film begins at 1pm, Friday afternoon, November 30th, with a question and answer session with Doug Yeager immediately following.

During this one-hour special, Saturday evening, November 24th at 11pm on WVXU/WMUB, you'll hear a phone conversation recorded in WVXU's studio on November 1st with Brian O'Donnell and Doug Yeager.  Doug begins by sharing his memories of booking local acts in clubs in Europe, and then being one of the owners of the Reflections rock club at Vine & Calhoun in Clifton which opened in 1970.  They talk about some of the musicians who played there like Boz Scaggs, Seatrain, the Allman Brothers, YES, Long John Baldry, Edgar Winter & White Trash, Velvet Underground, Chuck Berry, Cheech & Chong, Martin Mull, Bonnie Raitt, Genesis, and Little Feat.  He said that The James Gang was the very first booking with opening act guitarist Sandy Nassan.  There are also stories about Popeye Maupin, how Pure Prairie League was signed to RCA, and trying to book Elton John. 

Then, Doug goes into detail about how the film, Free to Rock, was started and the long process to get music rights and interviews with folks like President Jimmy Carter, the Beach Boys, Billy Joel, and many, many others who appear in the film which airs on PBS stations through 2019.