Features: Chicago House

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Jerome Derradji Presents: Kstarke Records, The House That Jackmaster Hater Built

I wrote liner notes for this double-disc compilation due out Nov 17.

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Terry Farley presents Acid Thunder

I wrote liner notes for this five-disc Harmless compilation out Aug 18.

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Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, 1987-1988

1987 was a pivotal year in Chicago’s short but sweet house music scene.

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Bang the Box! The Lost Story of AKA Dance Music, Chicago 1987-88

I wrote liner notes for this Still Music compilation out Oct 15.

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Kill Yourself Dancing: The Story of Sunset Records Inc. Chicago 1985-89

I’m proud to share this project I worked on with Jerome Derradji at Still Music.

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Craig Loftis, Renaissance Man

The producer, DJ, sound engineer, and dance club furniture builder who has been part of Chicago’s house music scene since its inception.

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Farley Keith Mixes, 1984-1986

Any study of influential Chicago DJs would be incomplete without Farley Keith (later Farley “Jackmaster” Funk).

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Rockin’ House

Rodney Bakerr’s Strange Trip from Punk Rock to Acid House

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Michael Ezebukwu, The Wanderer

DJ at Club LaRay, Rialto Tap, the Clubhouse, and more

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Boogieman in the Mix

Martin “Boogieman” Luna got into the Chicago house scene when he lent his knife to a DJ at a rough party.

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Memories of Ron Hardy

An interview with Ron’s nephew, Bill, owner of Partehardy Records.

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If You Only Knew (Chip E.)

Chip E. was first named “The Godfather of House” by Street Mix magazine in November, 1986.

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Vince Lawrence, House’s Architect

Lawrence has always been content to work behind the scenes, yet his ideas and hard work shaped the history of music.

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Leonard “Remix” Rroy, Chicago’s Unsung House DJ

Rroy’s parties at The Rink Zone drew huge crowds. He claims he invented the term “house music.”

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Carpe Diem: The Story of Viola Da Gamba

Frank Youngwerth started his own label during the height of the Chicago house frenzy in hope of U.K. exposure.

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A VIsitor From SOmeone Else’s Memories

A conversation with Hieroglyphic Being (Jamal Moss)

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Merwyn Sanders Interview

Merwyn and Eric Lewis recorded a series of beautiful house tracks as Virgo Four and M. E.

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VERB on The Muzic Box

Stacey Collins, aka VERB, started working security at The Muzic Box in 1983.

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Chicago House Labels

I have yet to find a discography specifically listing Chicago-based house labels. Here is my attempt to fill the gap.

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Strings of Life

A Chicago Deep House Top Ten

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Frankie Knuckles Mixes

From the Warehouse and the Power Plant.

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Ron Hardy Mixes

From the Music Box and Club C.O.D.