Cleveland Music Collection

Any Clevelander knows rock and roll was made famous by local DJ Alan Freed who started playing the music on his radio show The Moondog House, where Freed started to popularize the term “Rock and Roll. While it’s true Cleveland Rocks, there is other music the city is well known for. The city is home to one of the top 10 orchestras in the world and there is also a rich tradition of Jazz, R&B, Punk, Gospel, and Hip-Hop. Because of this rich musical tradition the Cleveland Public Library has started the Cleveland Music Collection. This collection consists of books about any Cleveland musician, band, or group. The books are located on the 3rd floor in the Fine Arts department. Come check them out!



I Got Your Back – Eddie Levert Sr. & Gerald Levert

The Alan Freed Story: The Early Years of Rock & Roll

The Cleveland Orchestra Story “Second To None”

Diary of a Punk: Life and Death in the Pagans

Cleveland’s Gospel Music

Cleveland Jazz History

All access Cleveland: Rock and Roll Photography of Janet Macoska

NIN: Nine Inch Nails

Nine inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine

The Cramps

The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio

Tales from the Locker Room: An Anecdotal Portrait of George Szell and his Cleveland Orchestra

Overnight Sensation: The Story of the Raspberries

1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards

Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots

Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories

Rhythm & Blues in Cleveland 1955 Edition