Rock and Roll Meltdown: The Circus Nightclub Story 1979-1983 by Rick Bandazian
Excerpt from “On With the Show, This is It”:
There was a local bar on Washington Avenue in Bergenfield
called “Peanuts”—it had a jukebox, a bar, two pinball
machines, and two cigarette machines. We were opening up a
rock and roll club. Would we really need much else? But we
didn’t. It was 1979. I was 25, my brother 20, and my father, 54.
We saw opportunity.
It wasn’t really like we were kids. I had worked at something,
anything, since I was in grade school. Our family had experience
with the little diner here, the little luncheonette there. We
worked hard. I could flip a pretty mean hamburger, and I was
good with money. My brother knew every band. To our young
minds, it all made sense.