The House That Rock Built

Posted by Tom Locke on December 1st, 2020 filed in Business, Education, History, Life, Music

Back in April of 2015, I visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum ( “Rock Hall” ) in Cleveland. During that trip I had the opportunity to meet and sit down with legendary deejay, Norm N. Nite (

Known to listeners as “Mr. Music” for his extensive knowledge of the history of popular music, Norm N. Nite has a long and distinguished career that reads like a “Who’s Who” of radio. He began in 1961 as a radio personality, and in 1967 brought his unique on-air style to Cleveland, his hometown. In 1973, it was on to the Big Apple’ as an author, disc jockey, and critic. Then back to Cleveland in the ’90’s as a member of the Rock Hall Board of Trustees, the only radio personality to be honored with this distinction.

In 1974 he released his first of seven “Rock On” books; books dedicated to the evolution/history of Rock and Roll and its artists. His hundreds of interviews with legendary entertainment personalities, including almost every Rock and Roll great and Hall of Famer, have made Norm’s published works essential for music lovers.

It was during our meeting in Cleveland that Norm shared with me his new project ” an eighth book on how the Rock Hall ended up being built in Cleveland. Five years later, the book has become a reality, being recently released in tandem with the 25th anniversary of the Rock Hall which occurred on September 2, 2020.

It is well known that Norm was a driving force in bringing the Rock Hall to Cleveland, a journey that took a considerable amount of time; an ongoing assurance that Cleveland was the right place for it; and, a coordinated effort that involved artists, music moguls & executives, media, politicians, fans and some creative fundraising, Norm captures this journey vividly in his new book, “The House That Rock Built“.

Looking for something for Christmas that will be appreciated and remembered? Look no further.

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