Thursday on the Morning Shift we talked about the 40th anniversary of the film Cooley High. The movie followed a group of kids in Cabrini Green in the mid ‘60s. The soundtrack is filled with Motown classics. Some of the biggest were penned by the songwriting team of Brian and Eddie Holland...and Lamont Dozier. Dozier was in town about a year and a half ago, and sat down with the Morning Shift and special guest Richard Steele, who spun thousands of Dozier’s records over his long career in radio. We revisit part of that conversation.
Chicago's West Side was thrust into the spotlight four decades ago when "Cooley High" was released. Film and TV show maker Eric Monte created the American classic based on his life and times living in Cabrini-Green and attending Cooley Vocational High School. The film's 40th anniversary is this week. Cooley High stars Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Chicago-born Robert Townsend discuss the iconic film and its impact.
They began this week knocking down the last high rise at Cabrini-Green this week.But the complex which symbolized the worst of the city's public housing--Cabrini was called "notorious" in seemingly every newspaper headline, live shot or social critique of the place over the past 40 years--has achiev