Rock and Roll

This collection of interviews covers topics of race relations and rock and roll music in Cleveland between 1952 and 1966. The interviews were conducted by Dana Aritonovich as she researched her thesis – The Only Common Thread: Race, Youth, and the Everyday Rebellion of Rock and Roll, Cleveland, Ohio, 1952-1966 – in pursuit of a Master of Arts in History at Cleveland State University, which was successfully completed in 2010. Interview subjects are music fans, musicians, and disc jockeys from various racial and socio-economic groups, all of whom resided in the Greater Cleveland area in the 1950s and 1960s.



  • Dana Aritonovich


  • John Tate
  • Jean Cotton
  • Mike Olszewski
  • Sheila Blecman
  • Jamilah Zand
  • John Wilson
  • Bill Spoon
  • Linda Shisila
  • George Hendricks
  • Lynn Tolliver Jr.
  • Lou Ragland
  • Joan Orosz
  • James Orosz
  • Charm Warren-Celestine


  • Dana Aritonovich