Milwaukee Rock and Roll, 1950-2000: A Reflective History

Milwaukee Rock and Roll, 1950-2000: A Reflective History
Bruce Cole, David Luhrssen, Phillip Naylor, Editors

ISBN: 9781626000544
256 pages
7 x 10
Bibliographical references

Milwaukee Rock and Roll, 1950-2000: A Reflective History presents an enthralling and multifaceted cultural history of Milwaukee rock music from the beginning of the city’s rock scene in the 1950s to the turn of the century. This fascinating, generously illustrated, anthology of written, vocal, and visual reflections will inform readers and evoke memories for those who experienced the music and the era.

The essays in this collection are highlighted by a multiplicity of voices— musicians, promoters, DJs, photographers, artists, and audience members—collectively committed to the sounds of a great city!

Editors and writers of the collection include Bruce Cole, musician and curator of the Jean Cujé Milwaukee Music Collection at Marquette University; David Luhrssen, Managing Editor of the Shepherd Express; Phillip Naylor, professor of history at Marquette University. Contributing writers include Diana Belscamper, Gordon Elliott, Stephen Hauser, Sonia Khatchadourian, Rob Lewis, Lil Rev, Kevin Lynch, Barry Ollman, Jamie Lee Rake, Martin Jack Rosenblum, Evan Rytlewski and Rose Trupiano.


Milwaukee Rock and Roll, 1950-2000: A Reflective HistoryEdited by
Bruce Cole
Bruce Cole is a librarian at Marquette University and curator of the Jean Cujé Milwaukee Music Collection, the archive showcased in this book. A legendary drummer, renowned locally, nationally, and internationally. Bruce currently plays with the Doo-Wop Daddies, keeping him in direct contact with Milwaukee’s rich and diverse music scene. He teaches an Honors seminar, “The Beatles and The British Invasion,” and co-teaches the History of Rock and Roll. He is often consulted concerning the local music scene and has collaborated on music related projects with the Milwaukee Historical Society.

David Luhrssen
David Luhrssen is Managing Editor of the Shepherd Express, Milwaukee’s weekly newspaper. He is author or co-author of several books, including The Encyclopedia of Classic Rock, Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave and Noise in Milwaukee, Secret Societies and Clubs in American History, and Elvis Presley: Reluctant Rebel. Luhrssen has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and Milwaukee Area Technical College. He has also lectured at Marquette University, Beloit College and Concordia University. He has written about music, film, culture, and books for Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, the Milwaukee Journal, Op, New York Rocker, Trouser Press and other publications. He is also a regular commentator on film for Milwaukee’s NPR affiliate.

Phillip Naylor
Phillip Naylor is a professor of history at Marquette University. His departmental specialty is Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a field in which he has published numerous studies, including North Africa: A History from Antiquity to the Present. He is also a longtime blues and rock aficionado, and in creative collaboration with Bruce Cole, initiated a popular rock and roll course on campus.

Art Editor
Dan Johnson
Chief Photographer, Marquette University


Marquette University Press

Founded in 1916, the Marquette University Press, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, publishes scholarly works in philosophy, theology, history, and other selected humanities. Read more.