The Birth of

in Cleveland, Akron & Kent

Live at the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame



September 17 &
October 8 & 9, 2020


Presented and Directed by
Thomas Mulready
Live music by
Vanity Crash


All shows are FREE, but tickets are REQUIRED in advance.

Thursday 9/17 5PM-7PM (Eastern)

Vanity Crash Performs LIVE at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland OH 44114 (live concert)

Explore The Birth of Punk through a live Vanity Crash concert featuring music of The Pretenders, Dead Boys, Rocket From The Tombs, Devo, Vanity Crash and much more in a safe, outdoor, old-school live concert on the Plaza of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


Thursday 10/8 7PM-8PM (Eastern)

 The Birth Of Punk in Cleveland, Akron & Kent (livestream)

Experience the complete show: The Birth of Punk in Cleveland, Akron & Kent, featuring rare video, exclusive interviews and a live concert by Vanity Crash via livestream event.


Thursday 10/9 7PM-8PM (Eastern)

The Birth of Punk in Cleveland, Akron & Kent (livestream)

Experience the complete show: The Birth of Punk in Cleveland, Akron & Kent, featuring rare video, exclusive interviews and a live concert by Vanity Crash via livestream event.




Presentations include rare archival videos, photos and needle drops,
plus a live music set by Vanity Crash

Presented and directed by Thomas Mulready

Vanity Crash appearing at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019

Presented by Thomas Mulready

Acclaimed impresario Thomas Mulready is known for his avant-garde non-profit festivals: Ingenuity Fest, now in it’s 16th year, and the legendary Performance Art Festival, the largest festival of performance art ever. He created the CoolCleveland online media network to turn people on to the coolness of Cleveland, the location of David Bowie’s first US concert, the scene of the first Beatles show stopped by police, and the birthplace of rock ‘n roll and punk rock. Assiduously researched, Mulready’s performances offer a multitude of facts and little-known background, informed by a framework of themes from every stage of the artists’ careers.

Live Music by Vanity Crash

Vanity Crash was born on stage under hot lights in the crucible of sound and fury as the glam-punk band The Angry Inch in the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Ever since, Vanity Crash has been dressing up and throwing down eye-popping synchronized light shows, outrageous stage costumes and provocative attitude, opening for the likes of the New York Dolls, Poison, Semi Precious Weapons, the Darkness, and Gogol Bordello.

Their recent celebrated tributes to David Bowie include timeless gems performed live alongside their own incendiary originals. Vanity Crash recently launched their 5th original release, “Phantasmagoria,” including an original track featuring David Bowie’s longtime pianist, Mike Garson. Vanity Crash features singer/composer/guitarist/arranger Dennis Van Crash, drummer/composer/singer Thomas Anonymous, vocalist/percussionist Virginia Plain Crash, and lead guitarist Matthew Angel.


“Your presentation was really fantastic, I especially liked the video clips that you chose to show.”

– Coleen

“We also thoroughly enjoyed your David Bowie show last Sunday, it’s stayed with me this entire week.” 

– Hilary

“I really enjoyed the show. It was great to see the impact Bowie had on so many facets of popular culture!”

– Joy

Entertaining  Educational  Enlightening


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Below are examples of some of our other shows:


Cultural Exploration
With Live Music

Presented and Directed by Thomas Mulready
Live Music by Vanity Crash

Entertaining and educational presentations featuring rare video clips, needle drops, obscure cuts, and

recently surfaced details of arguably the most influential artists of our time.

David Bowie Part 1: The Early Years: From Davy Jones to the Thin White Duke

Part 1 opens with a 9-year-old David Jones, inspired by the film Don’t Knock The Rock claiming, “That was my ambition, to be in a band playing saxophone behind Little Richard.” Following formal art school tutelage under the father of future megastar Peter Frampton, and a half dozen failed singles, bands, record labels and stage looks, he finally makes his mark with the sci-fi folk rock novelty Space Oddity, the iconic Ziggy Stardust, and the worldwide hit, Young Americans.

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David Bowie Part 2: Mid- to Late-Period: From Berlin to Blackstar ★ and Beyond

Part 2 begins with the artist living like a king, having achieved stardom far beyond imagination, but strung out on cocaine and subsisting on warm milk and peppers. He flees his near-death existence in LA for the arid Krautrock beat of his Berlin era, the arena-sized celebrity of Let’s Dance, and his always-interesting but overlooked later albums. The show culminates with a close examination of Bowie’s late masterpieces, The Next Day and Blackstar★.


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David Bowie: The Berlin Era

After fame (and Fame) vaults Bowie to the top of the American charts (and to a new personal low), Bowie hooks up with heroin addict and unlikely sobriety partner Iggy Pop and moves to Berlin, the drug capital of Europe to clean up. Incredibly, the plan works. Calling on Roxy Music alum and “non-musician” Brian Eno, Bowie releases Low, “Heroes” and Lodger to critical confusion and growing acclaim, influenced by the arid Krautrock beat of the bands Can and Kraftwerk, and informed by his own funk rock rhythm section.

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Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell: David Bowie's Deep Tracks

Let’s peel back the layers and dig deep into Bowie’s catalog for those gems that never quite made it onto everyone’s pop playlist, but deserved to. We’ve listened to every track on every album and bootleg, so you don’t have to. These songs and videos should have been classics. And who knows, maybe someday they will.

If you’re a hard core Bowie fanatic, you’ll recognize many of these epic tracks and videos. If you’re new to Bowie, take your protein pills and put your helmet on; you’re in for the ride of your life.

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When Andy Met Lou

 Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground and The Exploding Plastic Inevitable 

The intersection of two masters of the late 20th Century, Andy Warhol and Lou Reed, resulted in a spontaneous combustion of music, film, poetry, visual effects and underground culture that spawned generations of followers and redefined art in the modern world.
Warhol called it The Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Thomas Mulready presents a multi-media presentation featuring rare video, needle drops, trivia, contests and giveaways, unearthing the back stories of the confluence of Warhol, Reed and the underground experimentation of the EPI. The show includes a live music showcase by the band Vanity Crash pairing music of The Velvet Underground with their own sizzling originals.
All ages will be admitted.
The show contains explicit content.

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Relax and Float Upstream: Behind The Beatles’ Groundbreaking Revolver

Considered by many as the apex of The Beatles’ incredible musical career, Revolver was the first Beatles album with no filler, the first to feature extensive studio trickery, and the first to reflect social concerns. Revolver showcased George Harrison’s fascination with politics and Indian sitar music (Taxman, Love You To), John Lennon’s relentless experimentation with LSD and Tibetan Buddhism (Tomorrow Never Knows, Doctor Robert, I’m Only Sleeping), and Paul McCartney’s topical lyrics and orchestrated backings (Eleanor Rigby, Got To Get You Into My Life, Here, There and Everywhere), while Ringo Starr became the most popular Beatle in America with the international smash hit, Yellow Submarine.

Thomas Mulready dissects Revolver and peels back the curtain to show how the album was recorded, the stories behind each song, and what was happening in The Beatles’ lives at time.

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“(secrets of The White Album)” Behind The Beatles’ Masterpiece

While in India with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi studying Transcendental Meditation, The Beatles wrote what has come to be known as The White Album, considered one of the best albums of all time, and generally tops lists of the best double albums.

Featuring diverse and strong material throughout, favorites might include, Revolution 1, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Blackbird, Helter Skelter, Back In The U.S.S.R., Birthday, and the sound collage Revolution 9. The album is known for it’s wildly differing styles, overtly political lyrics, stellar songwriting by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison (and Ringo’s first Beatles song), and the contentious atmosphere surrounding its creation, causing engineer Geoff Emerick to quit, Ringo Starr to briefly leave the band, and creating tensions that eventually led to the band’s breakup 16 months later.

Thomas Mulready examines The White Album and reveals how the music was made, the anecdotes behind the songs, and the untold backstories.

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