“Mike Belkin: Socks, Sports, Rock and Art,” a 256-page, fully illustrated book about one of the seminal figures in Cleveland rock ’n’ roll, is now available.
Written by Carlo Wolff with Mike Belkin, this biographical memoir documents Belkin’s life from his beginnings in Cleveland Heights to his current status as a rock ’n’ roll business legend and eminence as a collector of contemporary art.
More than two years in the making, the book is largely based on interviews with Belkin at his rural Geauga County home and his offices in Chagrin Falls and Bedford Heights. The book covers all facets of his life, including his years in the retail clothing business and his brush with athletic fame as a professional pitcher in the Milwaukee Braves farm system. It also stresses his role in Belkin Productions, the storied promotion/production company he and his brother Jules founded. From 1966 to its sale in 2001, the company was synonymous with rock ’n’ roll entertainment throughout much of the Midwest—and beyond.
The book, which also features an appreciation by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoree Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons and an introduction by Belkin’s younger son, Sam, provides a fascinating overview of a man who never fails to enjoy life, whether he’s producing shows, managing bands and artists such as the James Gang, Michael Stanley and Donnie Iris and the Cruisers, collecting modern American art glass or selling major-league sports merchandise.
Read “Mike Belkin: Socks, Sports, Rock and Art,” a backstage look at pop culture through the eyes of a key influencer, and you’ll come to appreciate a man who helped put the “boom” into the baby boom.