Raised in Waterbury, Ct., and living now in Branford, 68-year-old Tony Renzoni says his life growing up was full of tuneful pop music B-sides, thanks largely to the activities of his older brother. He picked up that trail and eventually owned around 10,000 LPs, most on vinyl.
Renzoni’s lifelong love of rock’n’roll and increasing personal curiosity about the role played therein by the state of Connecticut has led to a book, Connecticut Rock’n’Roll: A History. The 192-page paperback was released Aug. 7 and the book tour kicks off tomorrow, from 11 a.m.–1.p.m., at the Costco in Milford. From a recent interview piece by New Haven Register arts and entertainment editor Joe Amarante:
“The purpose of the book is to pay tribute to all these great artists from Connecticut,” said Renzoni, noting that the lesser names are just as important. “I said [to the publisher], ‘I’ll put the famous people in but I also know people who became famous on a regional basis or popular on a local basis. And hey, that’s all rock ‘n’ roll to me. I understood how hard these people worked.” …
The book could have value beyond Connecticut, actually, in recounting stories of Jim Morrison getting arrested in New Haven, a then-unknown Bob Dylan appearing at the Indian Neck Folk Festival in Branford and Jimmy Hendrix performing at Yale’s Woolsey Hall (with shadowy photo by renowned Joe Sia of Fairfield, part of the book’s cover).
Renzoni, in addition to working for decades as a civil servant, was also for much of that same span a weekly columnist for the Connecticut Post, a sister publication of the Register. We tried to pull up some of the author’s columns on the Post website, but were unsuccessful.