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October 5, 2013

DVD details rock history

Project to make public debut Oct. 13

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Palmer is going to have a preview party next week for the people involved in making the DVD; nobody has seen the finished product yet.

Harlan “Punky” Ice is eager to watch it, saying, “I like the idea. I think it’s really unusual. I don’t think anybody has done one (a local history of rock and roll) in the years I’ve been around.”

For his part, Ice gave an interview talking about the bands he used to play in and how he became involved with Herb Wiese and other musicians.

Palmer is a stickler for details, and has taken an in-depth look at the history, Ice added.

The idea started percolating three years ago when Palmer, Tony Shuman and Wiese put together the first 50-year Country Reunion Show in Georgetown. That show is now staged twice a year, and has moved to Belgium. Then, they formed Music in the Heartland Society, which now has about 140 members — both musicians and non-musicians.

Two years ago, Shuman published his book on country music, “Fifty Years of Entertainment in the Heartland, 1960-2010.”

“From that, I got the idea to do something similar but in the rock ‘n’ roll realm,” Palmer said, “since that is where I got my start back in the mid ‘60s.”

At first, he said, it was going to be a project focused on the bands he knew when he was playing with The Villagers in the mid- to late ‘60s. However, as he did research, he realized there was a lot going on before that, and he couldn’t overlook that golden era.

The first DVD focuses on that pioneer era.

Palmer plans a second DVD on the Beatles-era bands of 1964 to 1970. He’s compiling information on that, and asks people with photos and recordings to contact him. He wants to have the second DVD ready by the next Country Music Reunion show in April.

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