NOW, in the "ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME" Library in Cleveland Ohio:
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"GARAGE BANDS FROM THE 60's THEN and NOW"
Written by Bruce Tahsler
Published by Bill Quarry's "Teens 'N Twenties" Publications
This book has sold throughout the U.S. and Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Greece, and Sweden.
Read the stories of some of the most popular, and most remembered garage bands from the East Bay during the mid-to-late 60's, including the Baytovens, Harbinger Complex, Spyders, Peter Wheat & the Breadmen, Stanley & the Fendermen, U.S. Male, and so many more! Also: Special stories on Jimmy Cicero, and Tower of Power!!
ALSO: The "Bill Quarry Story" The biography of the premier concert and dance promoter, and band manager in the East Bay! Quarry gave us the never-to-be forgotten venue "ROLLARENA" in San Leandro and some of the most stirring, and electrifying concerts in the entire Bay Area!
Also: Features from the 1950's through the 1970's on Quarry's Teens 'N Twenties shows, including rare photos, fliers, and posters from the collection of the East Bay's most popular rock 'n roll promoter!
“The kids would cruise from Pring’s at 150th Ave, south to
Karl’s Drive-In about one mile away. It became the most
popular spot in the East Bay. It was called "The Strip" and
located right in the middle of all this at 15721 East 14th
Street, next to Macy’s and the Drive-In movies, was a
roller skating rink called "Rollarena".
-Bill Quarry (2006)
The Rollarena had developed into the premiere venue in the East Bay. Bill continued holding dances at Carpenter’s Hall on Sunday nights, gearing it to the 18 to 21 year old crowd, while Rollarena catered to the high school and up set. The Rollarena had become the largest weekly teen dance in
the East Bay. Six months after starting the Rollarena, Bill held his last dance at Carpenter’s Hall.
-Garage Bands From The 60’s, Then and Now (2007)
Read about the clubs and venues including: Rollarena, IDES Hall, Oakland Auditorium, Spanish Hall, UAW Hall, Penthouse, Frenchy's, Carpenter's Hall, Catalina Island, Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz, Longshoreman's Hall, Oakland Coliseum, Soul City, and so many more. And discover the history of the Chabot College "Battle of the Bands" that continues to this day!
Excerpt from book:
On February 9, 1964, a new chapter in rock music unfolded on the stage of CBS Television’s Studio 50 in midtown Manhattan when Ed Sullivan introduced America to the Beatles. A cozy studio audience of 728 witnessed the performance while an estimated 73 million people in 23,240,000 homes across the United States watched the event on TV. The influence the Beatles had on grass roots rock was unprecedented. The British Invasion had arrived and ushered in the second generation of rock and roll.
The show changed the lives of many teenagers. Their futures had been decided, they were going to be rock and roll musicians.
Teens 'N Twenties founder, concert
and dance promoter, and publisher
of "Garage Bands From The 60's Then
Bruce Tahsler - Author: "Garage Bands From
The 60's Then And Now"
Bill Quarry superimposed over the original
Tower of Power horn section
Bill Quarry with Eric Burdon Quarry with the Everly Brothers
Quarry with Paul Revere and the Raiders
Quarry with the Rascals
A very famous photograph. Bill Quarry with Them during the
bands first American tour. Quarry's Rollarena was the bands
first stop. A young Van Morrison is second from right.
Quarry with Sonny & Cher
Bill Quarry (right) and Don Ryder (left) planning their first dance
for the Hayward Area Recreation Department in 1958.
Bill Quarry's first "Teens 'N Twenties" dance. Held at the Moose Club
Hall in Castro Valley in 1959, it featured the Casuals.
Michael Jackson appeared at Frenchy's in 1982. This signed photo comes
from the Bill Quarry collection.
Duane Eddy appeared at Carpenter's Hall in 1958 for Bill Quarry's Teens 'N Twenties
Bill Quarry with Tiny Tim