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Drummer for the Mob

Drummer for the Mob

by Frank A. Catanzano
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When one of the wise guys who ran the Horizon Club handed musician Frankie Severino a package containing a great deal of money to deliver to the boss, Big Julie Passano, he knew his life just took a left turn. In a matter of minutes, Frankie graduated from local cover band leader in Pittsburgh to 'drummer for the mob.' He was the leader of the Nite Lites, four Italian-Americans who became the go-to group for organized crime. The bond he forged with them could not be broken and was threatened with death if he took his band out of the Horizon, one of the city's illegal and most infamous after-hours spots.

Drummer for the Mob is a true story. Frankie's narrative is a personal account of the sometimes hilarious and often dangerous years he and his fellow musicians toiled in these clubs.

"Frankie Severino tells his tale of smoky night clubs, wild women, drugs, and rock-and-roll--a tale that is populated with the most motley line-up of Mafioso bosses, wise guys and crooks since The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight --with a wry wit and a sense of humor that is worthy of Jimmy Breslin. Drummer for the Mob is a hoot. It's The Sopranos with a driving disco beat."

Karl J. Skutski
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"Outrageous characters and lots of local color enrich the story, but the real bada-bing comes from the author's terrific tongue-in-cheek tough guy narrative style. Drummer for the Mob will win hearts and gets my award for the year's favorite."

Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481296960
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/04/2013
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Author Frank Catanzano is a journalist and accomplished musician. He still plays the clubs and casinos around Pittsburgh with his band, The Express. Drummer for the Mob is a true story of organized crime's grip on the entertainment industry in Pittsburgh, PA, during the 70's, when his band, The Nite Lites, played the after-hours clubs and bars in the area. His ties to the Mafia during that period cost him his job, his reputation in the community and nearly the one woman he truly loved.

Drummer for the Mob is soon to become a major motion picture.

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