Wanda Kennedy Kuntz publishes book on Maplewood music store

6
103
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.

Wanda Kennedy Kuntz, whose parents owned Kennedy Music for decades in Maplewood, has published a book about the store and the times. Kuntz is holding a book release and signing party at The Book House ( 7352 Manchester Road), Sunday December 7

 

coverHer book is Kennedy Music — An Historical Novel based on the Kennedy Family, Maplewood, MO.

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, according to Kuntz.

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 spans over four decades in which shellac records eventually evolved into cassette tapes, and big band jazz gave way to rock ‘n’ roll.

Kuntz says the story “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.”

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. My grandson is really into music. He plays the cello and is self teaching himself the guitar. I am going to get him the book.

  2. I got my first guitar at kennedy brownie music. Well, my dad did. But the first one I brought myself there to. Mr Kennedy was a great man. Funny as all get out to.

  3. From one musical family, to another, just want to let you know how i can’t wait to read your book! We both are quite aware of the impact that music can have, and the rich legacy that both of our fathers left for us. I would love to be there for your book signing, but we will be out of town for our son’s wedding. Much love and continued success to you & your brothers…♥ the Cherrys

  4. What a wonderful addition to Maplewood’s historic and artistic legacies. I’ll be amongst the first in line at the book signing. Congratulations and good job, Wanda.

  5. So thrilled to be a part of this book. My sister, Peggy, and I plan to be there for the book signing. Hope to see many old friends there.

Comments are closed.