Excerpt from “Forward Let’s Rock”

Rock and Roll Meltdown: The Circus Nightclub Story 1979-1983 by Rick Bandazian

Excerpt from “Forward Let’s Rock”:

Ah, the brave foolishness of youth. Take an ambitious 25-
year-old kid from a little suburban town in New Jersey, his
music-obsessed kid brother, and a dad who believed in the whole
idea. Add loud rock and roll, wet T-shirt nights, nickel beer, and
here we are.

This book is a chronicle of those times, and a tribute to all
the rock bands and club goers on the tri-state club circuit and
around the country during the late 70s and 80s. From Ramsey to
Carteret, from Hoboken and Fort Lee, to the little town of
Bergenfield, it was a time of great clubs and even greater music.

While the scene in New York City was thriving, from Irving
Plaza to Max’s Kansas City and the Bottom Line, another scene
was developing out in the suburbs, where young rock fans actually
lived. Any night of the week, winter or summer, they were
filling clubs to see their favorite bands—loud, hot, sweaty, and

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