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by johnjeter

Rockin’ a Hard Place tells the insider’s story of the live-music business from the bottom of the concert-industry food chain: the small club where rock stars are born.
The Beatles started at the Cavern Club, Springsteen at the Stone Pony. Here’s the first-ever trip into what those places are like – the small venues whose owners and employees work 24/7 in one of the least-appeciated – and single most important – components of a global, multibillion-dollar industry.
John Jeter shares his 20 years’ experience at The Handlebar, the intimate listening room that presented thousands of artists–John Mayer, Joan Baez, Zac Brown, and Sugarland among them–and hosted a quarter-million fans since its opening in 1994 in Greenville, S.C.
The promoter’s memoir takes us from the a naive plunge into entrepreneurship and into an industry that Hunter S. Thompson once called a “cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free.”


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