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A Tell-All Book About Birchmere Published In Novenmber

For a band to play at the Birchmere in Alexandria, it was like almost making it to the big-time concert world of stadiums and arenas. Since opening in the mid-1960s, the Birchmere has been a launching ground for many musicians, showcasing songs and sounds that make it an important place to start a musicians tour. The festoon out front featured iconic musicians like Pete Seger, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and Joan Baez to name a few. According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, "An entertainment venue like that can’t go through 55 years of concerts without a few stories to tell, and those stories are the meat behind the newly released book “All the Roads Lead to the Birchmere, America’s Legendary Music Hall,” that hit the shelves in early November. Authors Gary Oelze and Stephen Moore dipped into their memory banks, and the memory banks of many others that have been on stage there to come up with this 472-page documentary on paper." As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, "The book has 33 chapters on acts throughout the years, and thumbnail pictures of the musicians and the early days. Some are recognized at first sight, and some are not, at least not to the music fans of today’s Top 40. The book took two years to write and the cover was produced by Stilson Greene, an artist in Leesburg. An afterward was written by newsman Bob Schieffer, who had his own country band at one point."

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