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Best Book Uncovering Now-Closed Music Venues

Cincinnati may not be as associated with live music as Nashville or New Orleans, but reading Steven Rosen’s Lost Cincinnati Concert Venues of the ’50s and ’60s will make you wonder what could have been. Narrowing his focus on two decades that saw Jazz undergo an experimental renaissance while Rock & Roll rose to cultural dominance, Rosen shows how a handful of now-defunct venues and local grassroots movements helped some of the weirdest, most exciting moments in mid-century pop culture swing through the Queen City. Stories recount visits by Miles Davis, Sam Cooke and the Isley Brothers to Newport’s Copa Club; Lenny Bruce’s stand-up set at the Surf Club on the West Side; the Grateful Dead’s two-day stop at the Hyde Park-Mount Lookout Teen Center; and more.