|MICHAEL 'SUPE' GRANDA - It Shined SIGNED BOOK
The Saga of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Humble Hippies to Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Member of Beloved
American Band Takes Readers on Rock-n-Roll Joy Ride in New Book
In every era, countercultures find their own beat, grooving within the
community they create. The dawn of the 1970s witnessed a gathering of musicians
and assorted Bohemians at a cozy night club in the shadows of the Ozark
Mountains. Three decades later, the story of the band that emerged from these
jam sessions is revealed in It
Shined: The Saga of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils , the new book by band
member Michael “Supe” Granda.
true tale of the little hillbilly rock-n-roll band that made it big begins on
his first day of college at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield.
As he wanders aimlessly exploring campus, he also searches for the perfect,
savage sound to make him feel at home. This quest ends up inspiring more than
30 years of music with the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
readers into The New Bijou Theater In Springfield, Missouri—the perfect home
for Granda and his newfound family of music devotees. A haven from the tension
of the Vietnam War, The Bijou was the first stomping ground of the future Ozark
Mountain Daredevils. Granda relives these early days, capturing the
free-for-all atmosphere, the kinship and collaboration of musicians and friends,
and the constant pulse of music in the air. “Everyone played. Everyone sang.
Everyone contributed,” writes Granda.
untimely fire claimed the Bijou, the group retreated to a two-story Civil War
era mansion in the rural Ozarks. In this isolation the band’s first cohesive
sound was born. Dubbed the Family Tree, Granda and the band became a favorite
among the local counterculture.
weaves a success story that remains rooted in the humble beginnings of a ragtag
group of hippies with bare-bones equipment. Courted by music label executives
like David Anderle, the band suddenly found themselves in the pages of Rolling
Stone magazine. The highs of fame, the turmoil of life in the spotlight and the
joy of doing what they loved shape one adventurous story that culminates in a
final, emotional performance by the beloved Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
lovers, it is a veritable encyclopedia of the rich Springfield music scene, as
Granda fondly recalls all the musicians, industry heads (Wayne Carson, Si
Simon), and venues that become a part of his world. For any reader it is a
compelling tribute to all those who have honored their tunnel vision and let
their passion lead them down one long adventurous path.
About the Author
Born in St. Louis, Michael “Supe” Granda grew up
listening to Benny Goodman and Count Basie until his own tastes emerged to
favour Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. In 1964, after seeing the Beatles on the
Ed Sullivan Show, he bought his first guitar and formed a band. Local musical
influences were the famous Gaslight Square and fellow St. Louis native Chuck
Berry. Granda attended Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, where he laid
down his roots and discovered his future Ozark bandmates. His essays have been
published in numerous magazines and books. It Shined is his first
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