Kennedy Music

We’re into a 5th printing of this fun book about Maplewood! Wanda also offers MUSIC-FAMILY-COMMUNITY multimedia presentations.

In Kennedy Music, Ray is a charismatic, hot-swing trumpet player who comes to Maplewood and opens a music school and store at the height of the Great Depression. Mae is a demure, starstruck beauty 20 years his junior. Together they work to raise a family and keep their small business afloat as the world — and the music industry — changes around them. This story, vividly told by Wanda Kennedy Kuntz, spans over four decades in which shellac records eventually evolved into cassette tapes, and sweet big band jazz gave way to rock ‘n’ roll. It recalls an era when a music store could serve as the heart for an entire town, and when a family reached beyond a simple brick and mortar store to make their mark on the world around them.

AVAILABLE thru TheBookHouse, Maplewood: