Dean taught a "History of Rock N' Roll" course at Suffolk County Community College, and was a member of the band "The Woolies", whose cover of the song "Who Do You Love?" hit the #95 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1967. Dean was also in the rock band, "Maury Dean & The Night Shift" – who recorded for the Detroit-based Fortune Records. He was also a writer at Motown Records, where he says he lasted all of a few days before leaving.
Dean's first book, "The Rock Revolution" is considered one of the earliest books about rock n' roll, having been written and published in 1966. Dean has also authored "Rock N' Roll Gold Rush", a book that is used as the textbook to his rock n' roll classes, as well as other professor's classes. "Rock N' Roll Gold Rush" also contains his opinions on music, with most of the text dedicated to his opinions on certain singles, musicians, and bands. Dean also wrote another book, about Buddy Holly, titled "This'll Be the Day: The Life and Legacy of Buddy Holly". It was released in April 2009.
- "Algora Publishing – Rock -n- Roll Gold Rush A Singles Uncyclopedia". Algora. Algora.com. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
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