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Learn how the 'Long Island Sound' made big waves in rock and pop

If you love rock and roll, from the sounds of Joan Jett to Vanilla Fudge, then Cinema Arts Centre's "Long Island Sound," a salute to our homegrown musical talents, is sure to hit all the right notes.

Rock archivist Bill Shelley hosts the event on Tuesday, July 21, which will explore Long Island's rich musical history with clips and insights into the works of Billy Joel, Harry Chapin and many others. It will also examine how they influenced other popular musicians.

"I grew up on the South Shore of Long Island and listened to these artists . . . . I kept hearing about all of the groups that came from around my area and had a great pride," Shelley says.

As a teen, Shelley says he and his friends felt a strong connection to the music of The Young Rascals, Iron Butterfly, Vanilla Fudge and The Lovin' Spoonful. "All up and down Sunrise Highway were little clubs, most closed now, that promoted these hometown groups from the start," he says. "All of these bands were local heroes to us."

"Long Island Sound" starts at 7:30 p.m. July 21 at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $15; call 631-423-7611 or go to


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