One small Florida town, many international rock legends
“Jourard tells the story so that you feel you are there in the humid clubs, watching history unfold in a time when regional music scenes truly were unique.”–Charles R. Cross, author of Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain
“Jourard clearly demonstrates that Gainesville’s contributions are no less vital than those of New York City, Chicago, Memphis, Los Angeles, Seattle, and so many more.”–Marc Eliot, author of To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles
When the Beatles launched into fame in 1963, they inspired a generation to pick up an instrument and start a band. Rock and roll took the world by storm, but one small town in particular seemed to pump out prominent musicians and popular bands at factory pace.
Many American college towns have their own story to tell when it comes to their rock and roll roots, but Gainesville’s story is unique: dozens of resident musicians launched into national prominence, eight inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a steady stream of major acts rolling through on a regular basis
Marty Jourard—himself a member of the chart-topping Motels–looks at Gainesville through the mid-1960s and 1970s, delving into individual stories of the musicians, businesses, and promoters that helped foster innovative, professional music in a small north Florida town. From Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Stephen Stills and the Eagles’ Don Felder and Bernie Leadon, Gainesville cultivated some of the most celebrated musicians and songwriters of the time.
Music Everywhere brings to light a key chapter in the history of American rock and roll—a time when music was a way of life and bands popped up by the dozen, some falling by the wayside but others indelibly changing the face of rock and roll. Here is the story of the people, the town, and a culture that nurtured a wellspring of talent.
Last week, Marty Jourard launched Music Everywhere at Gainesville’s Matheson Museum. The room was packed, and the event was a success! Jourard presented his book, answered audience questions, and signed around 200 copies of the book.
Check out this Music Everywhere Spotify playlist, featuring some of the songs and artists mentioned in the book!
Marty Jourard, a Gainesville native who released five albums and two top-ten singles with the 1980s band The Motels, is the author of Start Your Own Band. He teaches songwriting classes at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.