Pacific Northwest Music Historical Reference and Resources


The book they said couldn't be written 
(some said shouldn't be written)

is here ...

Rocket Norton Lost In Space
by Rocket Norton

It's a story born in the sixties, a story that booze couldn't drown and drugs couldn't squelch, a story obsessed with sex and unafraid to 'do it in the road' or anywhere else for that matter.

Author, Rocket Norton says,

“Aw Hell with the lawsuits, it's a story that's gotta be told.”

It takes place between 1964 and 1982 mostly in Vancouver but includes events in Seattle and all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe.   It focuses on life with The Seeds Of Time then the Rocket Norton Band and finally PRISM - all bands featured on the Pacific Northwest Bands website.  In telling the story, it also tells the story of the PNW music scene starting from 1956.

Rocket Norton, August 2006

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Rocket Norton Lost In Space    - by Rocket Norton

Front Row Lady by Kate Kimberlee - Ballard Publishing Co., Inc 2004
Front Row Lady
Kate Kimberlee

Ballard Publishing, Inc
PO Box 17330
Seattle, WA  98127
fax:  1-206-784-5471
Visit the Front Row Lady Website

"It was All Just Rock 'n' Roll"
Pat O'Day with Jim Ojala

O & O Publishing / R-'n'-R Press, Seattle, 2002
Click Here to Purchase Online

Dance Halls, Armories and Teen Fairs
Don Rogers
(out of print)


 Encyclopedia of Northwest Music
James Bush
Sasquach Books, Seattle, 1999

Loser - The Real Seattle Music Story
Clark Humphrey
Federal House, Portland, 1995

Fuzz, Acid and Flowers
Vernon Joynson

Next Stop, Bakersfield
Little Bill Engelhart
Gorham Printing, Rochester, WA, 1999

The Beatles in Portland
2 DVD Set

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My book DANCEHALLS, ARMORIES AND TEENFAIRS  is now on CD.  $15 A COPY PLUS $3 postage. Alot better than the $50 to $200 online.

Don Rogers

Sonic Boom! The History of Northwest Rock: From Louie Louie to Smells Like Teen Spirit 
Peter Blecha
Available at

Music in Washington: Seattle and Beyond

Peter Blecha
Available at

In the 1960s, the name Mark “Hoss” Amans was known for being the most famous road manager in the United States. He was in trade magazines, on TV shows, and received fan mail. His popularity even got to the point where he had to deal with fans and their mania wherever he went, just like the rock stars he worked with. As Amans looks back, he realizes how he had once lived the life of the rich and the famous. After eighteen years on the road working with top American and British groups, and having the business almost kill him a few times, the author definitely has a very unique story to tell. 

Where The Action Was tells the true-life story of groups starting out, and the excitement of making it all the way to the top. It covers all the bases; from recording sessions to hysterical fans to being on the road to the inner workings of sound and stage equipment. Moreover, it gives readers an idea of the fun, the hard work, the excitement, the danger and the responsibility of touring.

If you are a baby boomer and you liked rock and roll
in the 60’s and 70’s you are going to want to read this book

Where The Action Was.