The d.a. levy collection

Mr. Stress Blues Band performing at The Coffehouse: 1967

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This rare clip features the Cleveland-area band "Mr. Stress Blues Band" lead by Bill "Mr. Stress" Miller performing at The Coffeehouse, E. 115th & Euclid Euclid Ave. in 1967. Band members include:

  • Bill "Mr. Stress" Miller: vocals/harmonica
  • Glenn Schwartz: Epiphone Riviera guitar
  • Eric Ehrmann: Fender Esquire guitar
  • Wayne O'Neill: Fender Precision bass
  • Mike Sands: Wurlitzer electric piano
  • Paul Klonowski: drums

About the film....

The footage was edited and digitized from a 16mm film segment originally shot by Dennis Goulden of Cleveland's WKYC-TV's vintage television series Montage as he and his crew captured scenes from the counterculture/hippie movement of the late 1960s. Additional footage on the segment includes poet d.a levy reading his poetry at The Case Institute of Technology Strosacker Auditorium, May 14th, 1967 at an event organized in effort to raise funds to help levy and Cleveland bookseller Jim Lowell's legal defense after the two were charged with reading and distributing "obscene" literature at poetry readings and at Lowell's Asphodel bookstore in Cleveland. A third segment includes a performance by the musical group "The Fugs" performing at the same event.


Special thanks to producer Dennis Goulden and Bill "Mr. Stress" Miller for kindly allowing us to post the video and to KSU Library School practicum student Roy Smith for discovering this treasure while working on his practicum project CSU. Thanks, also, to Nick Blakey for providing the information about MSBB members appearing in the clip.