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Edmond writer counts down 'When Rock & Roll Mattered Most'

Edmond attorney and author Greg Metzer will be signing his new rock ’n’ roll book as well as his nonfiction volume titled “Billikens, Boilermakers & Banana Slugs: The Stories Behind College Nicknames” on Saturday at Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: July 18, 2014

No matter what the trends and charts say, rock ’n’ roll matters to Greg Metzer.

In the past 10 months, the self-described rock snob and fervent sports fan has released not one but two new books delving into his pop-culture interests.

The Edmond attorney’s “When Rock and Roll Mattered Most” follows his 2008 debut volume “Rock Band Name Origins” thematically, while his latest release, “Billikens, Boilermakers & Banana Slugs: The Stories Behind College Nicknames,” expands the concept and format of his first book into the wide world of sports.

Along with several other authors on the roster of Oklahoma’s Tate Publishing, Metzer will sign copies of his new books at a “New Ink!” event from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Full Circle Bookstore.

Q: “When Rock and Roll Mattered Most” counts down the 15 most pivotal years in rock ’n’ roll history. It’s a different approach to writing about a musical genre than I’ve seen before. How did you come up with that approach?

Metzer: The whole idea sort of stemmed from my thought that when I was a senior in high school I thought, “Wow, wasn’t rock ’n’ roll really important then.” So many things were happening, so I thought, “I bet that was one of the most critical years ever.”

So, just being the list guy that I am … I listed basically every year between 1955 and the current year. Then, I started going through rock archives, books, just everything, and picking out things that I thought were the most important things that ever happened in rock ’n’ roll music. And I’d categorize them by year.

Oddly enough, the year that I graduated from high school (1978) was one of the least years in the entire history of rock ’n’ roll. (Laughs.) It just seemed important to me because I was a high school senior, you know, like music does. But as far as actual important events, there was nothing going on.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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‘New Ink!’ book signing

When: 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Full Circle Bookstore, 50 Penn Place, 1900 Northwest Expressway.

Information: 842-2900 or


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