Music has always been a part of Marc Mero's life. It's a passion which can be seen in his recently released book "75 Years of Music."
"I was lucky to enough to grow up in a family where my mother and father were both extremely musical," said Mero, who has lived in Rouses Point his entire life. "All of my grandparents, my aunts, my uncles, everybody played."
Mero, who will be turning 60 in May, said he grew up during an era where people didn't have televisions.
"What we would do is we would play," he said, who could remember performing music with 30-year-olds when he was just 7 years old.
"I was lucky enough to know all the musicians in the area," said Mero.
For as long as he can remember, Mero said he has been collecting photographs of all of the bands in Clinton County, which he collected in various scrapbooks, until someone suggested he have a book be made based on the photos.
"I have over 400 pictures in that book," he explained. "It's reminiscent. That's what it is. It's a history book ... You can see how music progressed in Clinton County, right from the swing era to country to rock to where we are today."
Mero explained the book can truly apply to anyone.
"Everyone that ever heard a band in Clinton County, if you want to see a picture of that band, it's in that book," he said. "So, it doesn't just
apply to musicians."
Bands such as Nap Light from 1939 to The Swing Kings of 1964 to Glass Onion, who still perform in the area today, are featured.
"The good thing to me, is so many of my friends wanted these pictures," Mero said. "Because everybody that played in the band knows everybody in these books, but nobody had all the pictures. Now, if they get the book, they can have all of the pictures of all of their friends and all their bands."
Mero plans to continue collecting photographs "as long as I'm alive," he said.
"I have 56 more pictures ... I'll let it go until I get a couple of hundred ... and then there will be a second edition," Mero explained.
If interested in submitting photographs of bands from Clinton County, Mero can be contacted at 297-2433 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
"I think I covered everybody," Mero said. "Anybody that ever went out to a bar in Plattsburgh, they should be able to find that band in that book."
To get a copy of Mero's book, it is being sold for $75 in hardcover through Blurb.com or it can be ordered through Border Press in Rouses Point for $27 in paperback. Border Press can be contacted at 297-6214.