The Sound of Industry: The Rise & Fall of the Akron Sound: Part 1
In the late 1970’s, Northeast Ohio was quickly becoming a driving force in underground music. Bands like Devo, Pere Ubu, The Dead Boys, and The Waitresses were quickly garnering international recognition, with legendary Stiff Records even putting out The Akron Compilation to shine a light on the “Akron Sound”. It was all so amazing… until it wasn’t. The ride was over almost as soon as it started.
So, what happened? Well, to answer that question, we have to understand where it all came from. On this first episode of the Sound of Industry, we will be examining the history of Northeast Ohio, a weird Rust Belt relic that acted as the breeding ground for so much musical innovation.