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Columbus: The Musical Crossroads



The collaborative team of David Meyers, Arnett Howard, Jim Loeffler and Candy Watkins has produced a new book full of rich Columbus musical history!

From the early days of music in Columbus to garage bands that rocked the 60s, this new book will get any music enthusiasts attention. Filled with fabulous photos and tons of interesting information, this book is published by Arcadia Press and will be available through all major booksellers.

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David Meyers, Arnett Howard, James Loeffler, and Candice Watkins have been actively researching and documenting the history of music in Columbus for more than 30 years. Among the other books they have collaborated on are Listen for the Jazz, Volumes I and II; Ohio Jazz: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State; More Columbus Unforgettables; and Columbus Unforgettables, Volume III. They also contributed to the Jazz Ohio Exhibition for the Ohio Historical Society and provided materials for the Roots of Rock and Roll exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Here is a sampling of what reviewers are saying about Columbus, The Musical Crossroads.

Under the headline "Rich heritage of music, musicians in Columbus strikes a chord," Aaron Beck of The Columbus Dispatch wrote on 08/10/2008:

"Unlike Kansas City, Seattle or New Orleans, Columbus has never had a `signature sound.' Now, though, the city has a signature book. With Columbus, The Musical Crossroads, David Meyers has compiled a tidy overview of players whose music spanned jazz, country and rock from 1900 to 1970. . . . With chapters such as `The Great Band Builders,' `Dance Hall Days,' `Honkers, Squawkers, and Bar Walkers' and `Out of the Garage,' the book serves as a primer for anyone interested in the city's historically rich musical culture. . . . Meyers provides lively introductions, then crams chapters with more than 200 previously unpublished black-and-white photos."


The Other Paper's John Petric wrote on 09/04/2008:

"Dismiss Columbus's contribution to music at your peril, my friends. As if the reissue of the legendary CapSoul label wasn't enough; as if spawning Nancy Wilson, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Dwight Yoakam weren't enough; as if hosting the legendary fight between Elvis Costello and Bonnie Bramlett in a downtown Holiday Inn wasn't enough, there's a new book documenting the tip of the Columbus musical iceberg. Columbus, The Musical Crossroads, by David Meyers, Arnett Howard, James Loeffler and Candice Watkins, is a sweet, 125-page pictorial stroll through the city's 20th century of music. . . . I've known Dave Meyers for years, and more than a decade ago he amassed a computer printout of local music information that would've gagged Silicon Valley. So Crossroads is but an expert and lovingly culled sampling of our middling little town's musical pulse."


The Columbus Dispatch sports reporter Bob Hunter blogged on The Daily Hunter (01/16/09) under the caption "Photo book of city's musical history makes you think":

I already own several Arcadia books, including James R. Tootle's Baseball in Columbus. [Arnett] Howard's book is one I probably wouldn't have thought to buy, mostly because I've never thought much about the city's music history. This week, I finally finished off another book I was reading, picked up Columbus, The Musical Crossroads and was fascinated by it. . . . As with most of Arcadia's books, it is mostly pictures and captions that explain who and what the pictures are about. But as I looked at the faces, I realized how little I had thought of the evolution of music over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries and all the musicians, bands, singers and songwriters who have called the city home through the years. For a guy who spends as much time immersed in local history as I do, it was strange to think I'd never thought much about it. It isn't sports, but maybe that's the point: Sometimes it pays to wander away from your primary area of expertise and try something new."


Retired librarian Norma Bruce blogged in "Collecting My Thoughts" (08/26/2008):

"David Meyers knows more about the Columbus music scene than anyone I know, and he has a new book in the Arcadia series, Images of America, called Columbus The Musical Crossroads. It follows the usual format of about 130 pages and 2 photos per page with text. That's probably murder for a guy like Dave who has boxes of research and documentation, but it's fun for the reader. . . . I have only leafed through it (my husband brought it back to Lakeside with him), but I think Columbus boomers will get a kick out of Chapter 8, `Out of the Garage,' which features the local high school rock and roll bands of the 1960s. . . . Good job, Dave."

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