Forty years ago, the hippest trip in America left the station.Soul Train — the little Chicago engine that could – went on to become the longest-running, nationally-syndicated show on television. Before longtime conductor and host Don Cornelius was moving to the
This week on The Record, we're looking at some of the songs that captured our attention (or held us hostage) this summer, and asking what they tell us about our standards, our anxieties and the places we want our music to take us when it's hot out.In the past week and a half we've asked
David "Honeyboy" Edwards, considered to be the last of a generation of musicians who brought music from the rural Mississippi Delta to the rest of America, died at his home in Chicago early Monday morning. He was 96 years old.Honeyboy Edwards was born in 1915.
Earlier this week, veteran soul singer Syl Johnson discovered that one of America's best-selling albums, Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West, uses an unauthorized sample of one of his songs, "Different Strokes," credited to the Numero Group, which has put out a career-spanning coll
I find the news of Steve Jobs stepping down as Apple's CEO particularly sad. In some ways, I feel something like I felt when The Beatles broke up. Sure, I'd always have the band's music, but damn, what a special time. What special chemistry.
Stephanie Manriquez and Charly Garcia, co-founders of the Latin Electronic Music Festival - called “FMEL” from its initials in Spanish - are taking Chicagoans into the brave new world of electronic music.“We want to have new digital contemporary art and music from Latin America, so we created this s
In response to my blog last week, "A Case for Government Funding of the Arts, Part 1," several readers posted comments which decried any connection between the arts and government, even calling for the disestablishment of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).These comments — which I expected —