Alex booked the talent for the Great Southeast Music Hall
and the room catered to Atlanta's burgeoning punk scene, as
well as audiences for cult acts, touring legends and smaller
rock outfits.The club gained international notoriety when
he booked the first U.S. appearance of The Sex Pistols.
"I sat backstage with the guys and they really didn't
know what was going on. No one did. Every major news organization
was there, and I mean ABC, NBC, CBS, Hearst, Gannett, every
one of them. So we had to deal with all of that...and the
guys just didn't know what to think," says Cooley.
Cooley also remembers the night a young Steve Martin cracked
up an audience of about 20 people. After the show Alex recalls
Steve Martin inviting everyone to coffee at the Waffle House.
"I've had at least three hundred people tell me they
were there" he laughs.
Loudon Wainwright Jr.
Martin Mull and His Fabulous Furniture
James Cotton Band
and many more great acts