Come Sail Away: Chicago Rock in the 1970s

March 29, 2012

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As the 1960s turned into the 1970s, the pop sounds of Chicago changed… but still had one foot in the past. Chicago, Styx, Cheap Trick, and The Ides of March, perhaps the biggest acts to emerge from the area during the "Me Decade," had been treading the boards in the Windy City for years before finding the elusive formula of success. How did they finally break through? Author Stu Shea examines those bands and others playing all the genres—jazz-rock, hard rock, country-rock, progressive rock, singer-songwriter folk music, and even punk and new wave—in a fun, informative trip through a decade of Chicago’s rock and roll scene.

Recorded Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Chicago History Museum.