That's Peter on the left, with Cinderella Backstreet...
Thanks to Rick Kalister for the great picture.
A true Cleveland original
you're reading this, you probably have some idea of who Peter
Laughner was. If by chance you don't, then you've somehow
managed to stumble across the legacy of a very interesting guy.
Either way, you're probably a rock & roll fan; if you know
Peter, you're probably a really BIG, and pretty selective, rock
& roll fan, in fact, who has trolled the internet in search of
information on him. We hope we'll provide it for you..
Why are we doing this? Why put
up a tribute to someone who has been dead for thirty years, and
who, with the exception of a couple of singles by a then-unknown
Cleveland band named Pere Ubu, never released a record during
are several reasons. First and foremost, Peter was a friend of
some of the musicians who created Handsome Productions. He was a
treasured influence, and a brave and interesting soul. Far more
than the one-dimensional punk rock pioneer many imagine in
their heads, he was a bona fide roots musician in the mold of a
Woody Guthrie or a Bob Dylan, and he had the dynamic personality
(and problems, too) of a major "star." He had a strong impact
on those around him, some of whom were carried to fame on what
they absorbed from him. In fact, he catalyzed a scene in
Cleveland that, one could safely say, is the virtual blueprint
for the independent music scene, even today.
We hope you'll enjoy reading
about Peter. We're not selling Peter's
music anymore, but there is big news coming on that front from
Smog Veil Records. If you're a Peter fan, be patient. Keep your eyes on Smog Veil
Records - Click
the picture below to visit their site.