#659525 - 10/13/08 11:43 AM
New book on Chicago music scene
Not sure how much activity there is on this board right now, but I'm going to post the e-mail message that I've been sending out to Chicago musicians in case anyone here can help with this project.|
Hello fellow musicians and music fans-
Some of you may have already heard that I’m writing a book on the history of Chicago music. The working title is: The Chicago Music Scene of the 1960s and ‘70s. It will be published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series.
The book will cover Chicago as well as its suburbs probably within a 30 mile radius. As of now, it will include an Introduction and five chapters:
Rock and Roll
Blues and R&B
Country and Bluegrass
This is where all of you come in. The editor wants the book to be heavy on photographs, as all the books in their series are. I am going to need as many photos from that two decade era as I can find.
I need original publicity photos of performers from that time (some of you fit that bill), I need photos of the popular clubs and I need photos of advertisements, posters and handbills.
The focus of the book will be on the local performers, some of whom made it big, some who made their mark and disappeared and some who are still performing. I would like to include all those performers in the book in some way and of course, anyone who sends me information I can use will be credited.
I also need contacts in all the various genres. If any of you know people who were involved in the music scene from that era, be it jazz, country or any of the different types of music, please help me contact them. I want to get their stories in the book.
I need to find the old jazz and blues players who are still with us. I need to contact bands like the Buckinghams, Cryan Shames, etc., even the radio DJ’s from that period.
I’m including a sketchy idea of the book’s Introduction and a rough list of performers and clubs I’ve put together to give you an idea of what I already have and what I need. I know many are missing and please don’t be offended if your name is not on the list. I’ll get it on there, but I need your help. I know I’ve left out some obvious ones, so assume that this list is just a start.
And once the book is finished, an exciting event may follow, so stay tuned for that.
Thanks in advance for all your help as I know many of you will be as excited as I am about documenting this important period of Chicago musical history.
Chicago Music Scene
1960s – 1970s
This is the story of the Chicago music scene of two decades- the 1960s and ‘70s, an incredibly vibrant period in urban and suburban music scenes across the country and throughout the world.
Enough has been written about the national and international acts of that time, but little is written regarding local music scenes.
This story will focus on the Chicago club scene and the homegrown performers who made it one of the most electrifying and memorable periods in music history. Some of them went all the way to “the big time” while others made their mark and disappeared. But they all made a difference in their own way and for those who were there, it’s a time they will never forget.
Some of the earliest clubs of the ‘60s and ‘70s Chicago scene (Mr.Kelly’s, the RR Ranch, the Gate of Horn) were holdovers of an earlier era when nightclubbing was a more formal event which involved dressing up and heading downtown for a special evening.
By the mid 1960s, the scene had begun to radically change and so did the atmosphere of the clubs. No longer were patrons seated by a host or hostess and led to a cozy table in a smoke filled room for an evening show. The smoke still remained, but an informal atmosphere of wandering in and out and socializing during the show became more common, particularly in the rock and roll clubs, which were evolving along with the much more laid back attitude that was permeating the younger generation.
Most of the clubs are gone now, but a few are still hanging on preserving what remains of a once great music scene.
THE LIST (The proverbial tip of the iceberg)
Ezra Quantine Ragtime Memorial Band
Dave Roberts Swingtet
Denise Osso Ensemble
Roger Pemberton Big Band
The Jazz Showcase
Blues, R & B
Baby Huey and the Babysitters
Queen Bee Lounge
Country & Bluegrass
Greater Chicago Bluegrass Band
Farah Coleman Country Soul Review
Buck’s Stove and Range
Jump ‘n the Saddle
Dave Gibson & Hackinbush
Muriel Anderson & The Wildwood Pickers
A & J Lounge
Country Music Inn
The Big Banjo
Carol’s Pub (Pam’s Playhouse)
Gibson and Camp
Care of the Cow
Jim & Vivian Craig
Rosehip String Band
Ed and Fred Holstein
Peter Madcat Ruth
Anne & Jan Hills-Burda
Dennis Gordon & Loren Comitor
Rich Markow & The Living Cartoon Orchestra
Gate of Horn
Earl of Old Town
Somebody Else’s Troubles
The Saddle Club
The Fifth Peg
His ‘N Hers
2 Way Street
Little Boy Blues
New Colony Six
Bangor Flying Circus
The Other Half
Aliota, Haynes & Jeremiah
The Shadows of Knight
Ides of March
Four Days and a Night
Fire/ Hang Five
Rokko and the Hat
The Jamestown Massacre
Mike Jordan and the Rockamatics
Spanky and Our Gang
The Mother Duck
The Dark Spot
The Wild Goose
The Coffee Break
The Blue Village
Electric Theater/Kinetic Playground
The Cheetah/Aragon ballroom
Wise Fools Pub
Barnaby’s (where Chicago got their start in ’67 and 68.)
#732496 - 06/24/09 01:57 PM
Re: New book on Chicago music scene
[Re: Dean Milano]
The materials have now been submitted to the publisher and the waiting begins until the book comes out, hopefully before Christmas. (and no, that's not me on the cover - it's actually Lonnie Brooks). |
Now it’s on to Phase II. I had mentioned early on that I had an idea for a special event once the book was finished. Instead of a standard book signing, I’d like to do a concert, involving as many of the players from the 1960s and ‘70s Chicago music scene as possible.
This would be a live music concert covering all the styles of Chicago music as covered in the book, with a house band provided if needed. All you need to bring is your axe and your voice.
It would also be a visual presentation with images of all the Chicago artists projected on screens. There would also be a special visual presentation for those artists who have passed on.
The event would be a benefit for the charity of my choosing and the actual venue would depend on exactly how many artists sign up. Some top Chicago names have already expressed an interest, and if a lot of big names continue to get on board, I will need a large room.
I would like to hold the event on a Sunday, either in the evening, or possibly starting in the afternoon and going through the evening. The exact date would obviously depend on when the physical book is ready to ship.
Each act would be limited to one or two songs or 10 minutes. Some single acts might be asked to possibly combine with other singles and form small groups. If a large number of artists sign up, concessions would have to be made in order to accommodate everyone.
Merchandising tables will be set up so folks can sell their CDs.
Rich Warren of the WFMT Midnight Special has already asked to MC the event and Lilli Kuzma (WDCB) and Kathy Kelly (WNUR) will also be on hand. I will be looking for other help in the areas of sound, visuals, stage crew, organizational people, etc..
This could be a big event, and it will take a lot of talented people to help me pull it off.
If you’re interested in being a part of this, please get back to me ASAP at Deanguy@ameritech.net or call me at 630-832-9024.
#732531 - 06/24/09 05:36 PM
Re: New book on Chicago music scene
[Re: Dean Milano]
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Loc: Chicago,IL, USA
I think it sounds great Dean, I am excited about it, and excited for you, I hope you do well with it ! I would be happy to help you out in whatever you need, performing OR behind the scenes, just let me know ! !
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