Cleveland’s patron saint Ian Hunter spent a few days in the Rock and Roll Capital helping to launch a new organization, Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future (wonder where they got that name?), dedicated to supporting and preserving Cleveland’s popular music culture. Hunter has received the key to the city of Cleveland more than once.
The town where where the term “Rock and Roll” was invented by DJ Alan Freed, where the first rock concert took place, and where the one and only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stands, is still mourning the passing of music industry legend Steve Popovich, who worked with dozens of major acts and managed Ian Hunter and released his most successful album, “Your Never Alone With A Schizophrenic,” featuring the massive hit and hometown anthem, “Cleveland Rocks.”
In this interview on 09/27/12 in the basement of the Beachland Ballroom, owned by Cindy Barber, the driving force behind the new non-profit effort, Cool Cleveland talks frankly with Hunter moments after performing for a sold-out crowd about the legacy of Popovich, today’s music industry, and his recently released and highly acclaimed album, “When I’m President.” View the video here.