The "Akron Sound" Museum

The "Akron Sound" Museum Our ongoing mission at the "Akron Sound" museum is to foster new artists and continue to keep alive a vital part of Akron's musical legacy.
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Mapping The Unruly History of "Punk"
05/12/2019
Mapping The Unruly History of "Punk"

Mapping The Unruly History of "Punk"

So what groups planted the seeds for punk music? A recent series follows the chaotic path this movement took -- and where it's headed since its 70s heyday.

The Black Keys Get Back to Basics
05/03/2019
The Black Keys Get Back to Basics

The Black Keys Get Back to Basics

How Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach reconnected after five years for their new album, ‘Let’s Rock’

Smog Veil Records
04/24/2019

Smog Veil Records

This now iconic photo of Peter Laughner - which will be appearing on the front cover of the 100 page book that will be included in the box set - was taken by Cynthia Black in Cleveland in the Spring of 1976.
Cynthia and Peter's friendship dated back to 1973 as they met at the fabled East 23rd Street band house as documented in our Robert Bensick Band and Hy Maya releases, both of which groups Cynthia made significant contributions to. Cynthia, one of the only Mellotron players in Cleveland, was a member of Peter's bands Cinderella Backstreet (1973) and Peter and the Wolves (1976), in which she played bass (having sold the Mellotron by that point). However, Cynthia may be best known as the artist and cover model on the front of the picture sleeve of Pere Ubu's fourth single - The Modern Dance / Heaven - in a photo taken by Steven Kornajcik.
Like so many other associates of Peter's, Cynthia moved to New York in the late 70s. Cynthia continued to work as a musician, photographer, and artist throughout the rest of the 70s and into the present day. Now based in Arizona, Cynthia's artist site is here:

https://www.facebook.com/Cynthia-Black-1582174692085836/

We are deeply grateful to Cynthia for sharing her memories, insights, and photography with us for several of our releases. We are also glad that her important role in the Cleveland scene has finally been brought to light. Thanks Cynthia!

As much as we appreciate monetary donations, cause you know-bills, I think I get more excited when I get an email from s...
04/23/2019

As much as we appreciate monetary donations, cause you know-bills, I think I get more excited when I get an email from someone (Lets call him Ernie Smith) who sends me a bunch of pics of JBs from the 1980s. I then,after I catalog them, share them with you. Anyone recognize themselves?

human switchboard
04/19/2019
human switchboard

human switchboard

HUMAN SWITCHBOARD TO REISSUE THEIR STUDIO ALBUM 'WHO'S LANDING IN MY HANGAR?' VIA FAT POSSUM RECORDS ON MAY 24TH

04/18/2019

From Smog Veil's April Newsletter. While Peter was more Cleveland than Akron, actually he is from Bay Village, it's an amazing collection of a regional guy who had an amazing effect in the North East Ohio Music scene of the 1970s.

OK FRIENDS: as many of you have surmised and/or read, all of us at Smog Veil Records have been working for the last 10 years to create the definitive Peter Laughner retrospective. I am pleased to announce that the box set is now in production, and the wait is nearly over.

In cooperation with Peter's estate and his many collaborators, the box set will contain the definitive statement of Peter's musical talents and additionally showcase his writings and the many works he created with a variety of talented friends. Smog Veil's research team has looked in every basement, attic, and corner to uncover numerous gems and we are pleased to be able to place Peter's work on display.

Many of the 56 songs contained in the release are seeing the light of day for the very first time. All songs have been carefully mastered and sonically upgraded from the best possible sources by the Grammy-nominated team of Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering. The box set also contains a 100 page book of photos and writings. Two box set formats will be available: 5 LPs or 5 CDs, and both formats contain an identical box, book, and track listing.

Pre-sale for the box set will begin in May, and at that time, we'll reveal more details about the release. A special pre-order only bonus will be included and this bonus will not be sold separately or in stores.

I cannot thank enough the Smog Veil team and Peter's estate and collaborators for their diligence in creating this definitive work. The time and care they put into this release is without compare. Over the course of the last 10 years, the friendships we forged to make this release happen and the stories we collected reveal a history of Cleveland independent music that is the stuff of legends. I know our many fans will appreciate the release we are about to deliver and I thank each and every one of our fans for their patience.

As mentioned above, the box set is in production. Test pressings have been approved; all art and layouts have been completed by the team of Johnny Dromette and Ron Kretsch. We are awaiting the final book proofs and once those are approved, we'll be able to announce the release date.

We look forward to revealing more details, stay tuned here and at our Facebook and Twitter pages for more to come.

04/16/2019

We wanted to thank Beth Becker, who chose the Akron Sound Museum as the Non Profit she decided to raise funds for during her Birthday. Happy Birthday Beth, and thanks for the support.

Another great release so to come your way
04/16/2019

Another great release so to come your way

This is nice, i think. June release.

Devo and Human Switchboard both have Record Store Day Releases
04/13/2019
RSD '19 Special Release: Devo - This Is The Devo Box

Devo and Human Switchboard both have Record Store Day Releases

Devo’s six Warner albums released between 1978 and 1984, each pressed on a different colour of vinyl to complement each sleeve, housed in a deluxe box. Limited to 3000 copies worldwide. Albums: 1. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978), 2. Duty Now for the Future (1979), 3. Freedom of Choice (19...

human switchboard
04/13/2019

human switchboard

Record Store Day 2019 (tomorrow!): Look for the Human Switchboard debut EP 7” vinyl reissue with 48-page ‘zine at your favorite local record store. The 1970’s Cleveland, Ohio punk-first wavers never looked or sounded better. Limited to 1,000 worldwide, 500 in US. Fat Possum Records. #rsd19 #fatpossumrecords

human switchboard
04/11/2019

human switchboard

Another great NY Rocker issue
Human Switchboard
Pere ubu Waitresses
Police
Mid - American gothic
photo Laura Levine

04/08/2019
THE FIFTH WHEEL

Spider Boy
By The Fifth Wheel
(90’s “Akron Sound”)

Spider Boy
The Fifth Wheel
Therapy For The Sane (1997)

Great Event tonight with 33 of the area's best musicians.
03/30/2019
the330net | 330 Day

Great Event tonight with 33 of the area's best musicians.

Akron, OH – Join 90.7/91.3 The Summit FM -- in conjunction with Visit Canton and New Belgium Brewing Company -- on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Umstattd Hall in Canton, OH for the fourth annual “330 Day Concert.” This is a free evening of acoustic music unlike any other, featuring 33 of Northe...

03/28/2019
THE FIFTH WHEEL

The Fifth Wheel
IF I WERE A GIRL (LIVE)
12-12-2015 Beachland Ballroom
Cleveland Oh

The Fifth Wheel
IF I WERE A GIRL (LIVE)
12-12-2015 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland Oh

03/26/2019
Dimentia 13 At Cavanaugh's in 1992

How About some Dementia 13?

The group "Dimentia 13" is named after an early Francis Ford Coppola film, and released a handful of albums between 1985-1991. This recording is from 1992. L...

03/25/2019
Bad Dudes "Cincinatti Stomp"

Usually I never post the same band back to back, and certainly never video/pics from the same night. But I figured what the hell. We could all use another day of the Bad Dudes

The Bad Dudes at Jilly's Music Room with "Cincinnati Stomp" On September 22, 2017. Originally a Teacher's Pet Tune, Kal Mullens, who was/is in both bands, re...

03/25/2019
The Bad Dudes' at Jilly's in 2017 "Paper Dolls".

We wanted to add to the props George got last night at the World Premiere of The Documentary "STIV". Yeah I said World Premiere, Northeast Ohio got it the day before London.

The Bad Dudes at Jilly's Music Room in Akron, Ohio on September 22, 2017.

03/24/2019
Buzz Click at Jilly's Music Room in 2017

Something a Little More Recent

Buzz Clic, of the Rubber City Rebels and the Buzz Clic Adventure, at Jilly's Music Room on September 22nd, 2017. Great Show.

03/23/2019
Vinyl Back At The Daily Double in 1991

This is probably two firsts for the price of One. First Video of Vinyl Back, and the First Video from The Daily Double

Vinyl Back at Akron's Daily Double on April 14th, 1991.

03/16/2019
The Bizarros at the Lime Spider on May 18th, 2005

Today's Video is the best sound quality, but for those of you you didnt get to see the Bizarros in 2005 it's still a treat

While not the best sound quality the video captures the band in 2005 at the Lime Spider

03/14/2019
Miller Beer Commercial Using Devo's Freedom of Choice

From 2003, you have to wonder if Miller understood that Devo's Freedom of Choice was about (According to Jerry Casale) a critique of the blind consumerism of a country obsessed with meaningless choices between Pepsi and Coke, pink fur shoes or blue suede shoes.

Not exactly a song that you'd expect in a commercial.

From 2003, you have to wonder if Miller understood the song was about (According to Jerry Casale) a critique of the blind consumerism of a country obsessed w...

03/13/2019
Ragged Bags at JB's

The Ragged Bags were a hardcore Punk Band that played around Kent 1982-1984. And while they werent technically what came to be known as an Akron Sound Band it was around the same time. Plus we have a lot of video of them at JB's.

So here ya go......

Ragged Bags, a Hardcore Punk band who played around Kent, Ohio from 1982-1984, at JB's in or around 1983.

For those of you who didn't hear the show.
03/11/2019
New Music Of The Akron Sound Special Broadcast

For those of you who didn't hear the show.

Calvin Rydbom from The Akron Sound Museum joins Brad Savage in-studio as they discuss and listen to new music coming from some of the artists and bands that contributed to "The Akron Sound"

The "Akron Sound" Museum
03/09/2019
The "Akron Sound" Museum

The "Akron Sound" Museum

So earlier this week Brad Savage and I sat down and recorded a show, that I'm told will run this Saturday 4-6 and repeat at a later date, on the current Musical Recordings of Artists who were part of the Akron Sound Scene. So turn into to hear What Chris Butler, The Bizarros, The Bad Dudes, The Hi-Fis, Glenn Lazear, Ralph Carney, Tracey Thomas, Harvey Gold, Bob Ethington, Mike Hammer, The Western Sizzers, Rich Roberts, Buzz Clic and other are doing these days.

There will also be talking about the contributions of the Akron Sound Museums Founder Wayne Beck, who recently passed away and playing one of his all time favorites, Automatic Lips by Hammer Damage in tribute. https://thesummit.fm/

03/09/2019
Bizarros Performing Young Girls at Lime Spider

We Loaded up a couple videos of the Bizarros CD Release Party in 2003. They were shot by ASM Board member Jimi Imij and are available on other channels as well. Im going to upload all the songs and the entire show.

Bizarros Performing Young Girls at Lime Spider on November, 14 2003 during their CD Release Party

So earlier this week Brad Savage and I sat down and recorded a show, that I'm told will run this Saturday 4-6 and repeat...
03/08/2019
The Summit Online – Quality Rock, Commercial-Free for Northeast Ohio

So earlier this week Brad Savage and I sat down and recorded a show, that I'm told will run this Saturday 4-6 and repeat at a later date, on the current Musical Recordings of Artists who were part of the Akron Sound Scene. So turn into to hear What Chris Butler, The Bizarros, The Bad Dudes, The Hi-Fis, Glenn Lazear, Ralph Carney, Tracey Thomas, Harvey Gold, Bob Ethington, Mike Hammer, The Western Sizzers, Rich Roberts, Buzz Clic and other are doing these days.

There will also be talking about the contributions of the Akron Sound Museums Founder Wayne Beck, who recently passed away and playing one of his all time favorites, Automatic Lips by Hammer Damage in tribute. https://thesummit.fm/

Special Collections at ASCPL
03/05/2019

Special Collections at ASCPL

Photograph of members of the all-girl Akron band The Poor Girls. The band consisted of four 15-year-olds from Litchfield Junior High School. The group was considering joining the Musicians Union. Band members were drummer Esta Kerr, guitarists Pam Johnson, Debbie Smith and Sue Schmidt. 6 May 1966. Photo by Bill Hunter. Summit Memory - Akron Beacon Journal Photograph Collection. www.summitmemory.org

02/26/2019

Anyone have any pics or memorabilia from the Flying Machine open about 76-80?

ASM Board Member and long time archivist of The Ohio Music Scene Jimi Imij playing guitar in his new band Distort Hope a...
02/23/2019

ASM Board Member and long time archivist of The Ohio Music Scene Jimi Imij playing guitar in his new band Distort Hope at Now That's Class in Cleveland while your friendly neighborhood archivist contemplates joining the Mosh Pit.

The jacket on the Mannequin in from Max Wheel, and I believe it is wearing a The Walking Clampetts T-Shirt. And Mark sig...
02/23/2019
Malcolm X Abram: Wayne Beck leaves legacy of boosting Akron music scene

The jacket on the Mannequin in from Max Wheel, and I believe it is wearing a The Walking Clampetts T-Shirt. And Mark signed the Devo painting for Wayne.

Wayne Beck, 63, passed away last week, leaving behind many friends and family as well as his position as president of the "Akron Sound" Museum.

An unmatched Passion and Love for Akron, our Culture, and most importantly our music. When I remember my friend and coll...
02/16/2019

An unmatched Passion and Love for Akron, our Culture, and most importantly our music. When I remember my friend and colleague Wayne Beck those are the things that will always jump to the forefront.

Wayne was there at ground zero for what is loosely called the Akron Sound. The after hours parties he threw during the Bank Era were legendary, especially that last great one that got him evicted. Didn't matter to Wayne, it was a great party and there were still bands to see and music to hear.

I loved whenever he told the story about going to CBGB's in New York to see the American Debut of The Flock of Seagulls and he and his friends were let in for free because they had Akron IDs. His town was the place to be and he loved every minute of it.

His career took him to the West Coast and Los Angeles, but eventually the pull of his Town, His Akron brought him home, And more than anything he wanted to create a place to celebrated the amazing music that everyone around him was creating when he was a young man in the town he loved. He knew that time was special and didn't happen everywhere.

The first couple years he was running around town talking about an Akron Sound Museum he got a lot of polite nods and people saying that would be a nice idea but it would take a lot to make something like that a reality.

But then him and Jimi Imij set up what was suppose to be short lived exhibit down by Lock 3 in the former Summit County Historical Society location. A short lived exhibit that stayed open far longer than anyone but Wayne and Jimi thought it would.

It wasn't long after that we met. I had just published a book on Modern Akron with a chapter on our music, and Wayne pegged me as someone who could help him further his dream. His enthusiasm was contagious and I was in. We talked for an hour and half during that first phone call,

Those first couple years I spent a lot of enjoyable Saturdays at his apartment in Highland Square cataloguing all the things he had collected. He loved he had found someone who knew how to professionally set up archives, because he wanted his museum to be the best.

He always had something knew to show me. A Collection of Harmonicas from the Akron Harmonica Club dating back to the 1950s. Memorabilia from the Jazz Era on Howard Street, The painting of Devo he got Mark Mothersbaugh to sign for him. And of course anything dealing with the Akron Sound and more than anything Hammer Damage. Wayne loved to dance to Hammer Damage.

He bounded around town doing interviews, setting up Pop Up Museums at places like The Summit Art Space, EJ Thomas, and wherever they would let him set up.

Eventually some of us started to believe in his dream. Me, Jim, Jill, Dick, Gisele and so many others joined his team and pushed his dream along. But he drove the bus,

And when the time came Wayne made the decision to turn his museum into a non profit and make it our museum. He trusted us, he trusted Akron to keep it moving forward.

Now our website has over 300 photos from the Akron Sound Era, with hundreds more to come. Our Youtube channel has close to 200 videos dating back 50 years,

And of course last year we opened up at Akron's Bomb Shelter with rotating exhibit from the collection Wayne started. By them there were a lot of people involved in preserving out history and culture.

But make no mistake, if it weren't for Wayne Beck's passion and drive those first years The Akron Sound would be something the Beacon Journal ran an article about every 2 or 3 years.

This page, our website, our Youtube page, our physical space exist because my friend and colleague Wayne Beck made it happen.

Wayne passed away today, February 15th, surrounded by friends and family. He will be missed. But he left a legacy, because when people kept nodding politely at him he was hellbent to create a place to celebrate and commemorate out musical culture. Our Sound.

I can never really thank him enough for convincing me to make his dream mine as well. It has been an amazing amount of fun. In Large part because I got to work alongside a guy who was so passionate about it.

Thanks for that Wayne, and thank you for the Akron Sound Museum. It only exists because of you my friend.

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923 Bank Street Unit A
Akron, OH
44305

Opening Hours

Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(216) 401-3118

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