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'Capitol Rock' is a treasure of memories for me, as Opsasnick has painstakingly researched and documented the Washington DC music scene over a 25 yr. period. Opsasnick provides facts about songs, musicians and clubs that are very personal to me. In the early 80's I did a little radio spot weekly and got to know Jerry Dallman, who also had a spot. Until now, I was totally unaware of his major contribution to the 50's local music scene. More amazingly, I will never forget the original broadcast of the dance called 'The Bug' that I watched on The Milt Grant TV Show, and JUST learned from this book that Jerry wrote 'The Bug.' Read about ALL the famous acts/artists Opsasnick lists who played at the Bladensburg Firehouse (WOW !) Having grown up in PG County, it was thrilling to read about the history Opsasnick provides about the emergence (and demise) of each club. There is even a chapter on my HERO, who many agree is the most talented AND influential drummer from DC's music scene. What an awesome delight to read about the local musicians, many with whom I played, to follow chronologically, the migration of bands with whom each played, and to see who has become a household name. Opsasnick provides addresses of many of the DC and MD clubs. This allows the reader to visit 'Stricks' (as I did) to see where artists like Patsy Cline, Jimmy Dean, Roy Clark, etc. once held house gigs. I'm fortunate to have gotten to know the author, and it is evident that what he writes IS accurate. Thank you Mark Opsasnick for providing this beautiful snap shot of a very exciting time when hillbilly music spawned rock'n'roll and in turn, rock. Thank you for the 'whole' story. From teenagers who learned to sing, play guitar and drums for teen club dances, grow up and settle down, to the ones who developed their craft and made a name for themselves, this book immortalizes them.