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In February ’64, a new sound filled the airwaves. Four young Englishmen arrived on American shores. They were the British Wave’s spearhead, sparking the most prolific and diverse era in music history before or since.

Thinking all they needed were guitars, drums, and a few voices that could carry a tune, thousands of thirteen-year-olds jumped on the bandwagon as the fever spread like wildfire across America. It would be a time like no other.

Who imagined that the price of passage into rock ’n’ roll would eventually include their hearts, souls, and in some cases, lives?

Or that a small club in an old resort town on the Jersey shore would become the epicenter?

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Gary Allen Shann chronicles the story of the most talented generation in music history

‘Class A Member: A Story of the Jersey Shore Music Scene’ released

RAHWAY, N.J. – Gary Allen Shann took up the guitar when the Beatles’ landed in New York on February 7, 1964. Within a few years, he formed bands and soon became a leading performer throughout the period. He wanted to leave behind an accurate, reliable record of what it was like to be a contender in the musically explosive period of the late ‘60s. It is for this reason he has written “Class A Member: A Story of the Jersey Shore Music Scene”.

Four young Englishmen, the British Wave’s spearhead, arrived on American shores, sparking the most prolific and diverse era in music history before or since.

Thinking all they needed were guitars, drums, and a few voices that could carry a tune, thousands of thirteen-year-olds jumped on the bandwagon as the fever spread like wildfire across America. It would be a time like no other. Who imagined that the price of passage into rock ’n’ roll would eventually include their hearts, souls, and in some cases, lives? Or that a small club in an old resort town on the Jersey shore would become the epicenter?

“In this narrative, the local body of aspiring musical artists is the story. The Upstage Club is an integral part of the story, and was most critical in our overall development, especially those who became Class A members. This book also includes discussions on the issues of the day that were larger than ourselves and ultimately transformed the lives of docile school kids into stage hounds. That period initiated a new direction for America that was radically different than the ‘50s and early ‘60s,” Shann says.

“Class A Member: A Story of the Jersey Shore Music Scene”
By Gary Allen Shann
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 390 pages | ISBN 9781664176492
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 390 pages | ISBN 9781664176485
E-Book | 390 pages | ISBN 9781664176478
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