Musician. poet and a diehard Harley enthusiast who worked for Harley-Davidson for much of the ’90s, Martin Jack Rosenblum passed away in his sleep overnight last Friday January 10 at age 67. He was not ill.
With more than a dozen CDs of original songs and more than 20 books of poetry, Rosenblum was an established, internationally recognized singer/songwriter, poet and musician who touched the lives of so many and will be greatly missed.
In 1989 he established an alter ego, the Holy Ranger, a kind of cowboy poet for the Harley-Davidson crowd. He wrote the book “The Holy Ranger: Harley-Davidson Poems” and the albums “I Am the Holy Ranger” and “The Holy Ranger’s Free Hand”. The character attracted a cult following among riders and was known by famous Harley fans such as Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Lou Reed.
As Harley-Davidson official historian in the 90’s, he was responsible for organizing the motorcycle archives and materials that stretched back to 1903, a massive task that would play a significant role in establishing the Harley-Davidson Museum in 2008. He also worked at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts where he was a Senior Lecturer, Music History & Literature and founder/creator of the Rock and Roll Certificate Program, the only one of its kind in the United States. In his UWM career, Rosenblum taught poetry, creative writing, and music courses to thousands of students over the years.
A memorial will be held on Thursday, January 16th at 3 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall at UWM. Rosenblum is survived by his wife of 44 years, Maureen, and their daughters, Sarah Terez Rosenblum and Molly Dvora Rosenblum.