NORWALK, Conn. -- Founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears and Kent resident Steve Katz will speak about his memoir and perform rock classics Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Norwalk Public Library.
After a 35-year absence, Katz rejoined Blood, Sweat & Tears to mark the band’s 40th anniversary. A founding member of the Blues Project, Katz is a professional photographer and is married to ceramic artist Alison Palmer. Together they own Alison Palmer Studio in South Kent.
His memoir, "Blood, Sweat and My Rock ‘n’ Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star?" is an account of a life spent at the edge of the spotlight and is set during the Greenwich Village folk/rock scene. It covers the 1960s most celebrated venues and concerts and offers behind-the-scenes tidbits on international tours and grueling studio sessions.
During the five years Katz spent with Blood, Sweat & Tears, the group won three Grammy Awards. He also has three Downbeat Reader’s Poll Awards, three gold records, one platinum record, one quadruple platinum platter and three gold singles.
Katz later became a record producer, working with Lou Reed, among others, and in 1972 produced two Lou Reed albums. After a number of productions, Katz returned to playing music with the group American Flyer, but later forayed back into producing with Mercury Records and Green Linnet Records, a leading record label of traditional Irish music in America.
The event is at 3 p.m. To register, contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library information services at (203) 899-2780 Ext. 15133 or firstname.lastname@example.org . The library is at 1 Belden Ave.
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