For the last nine weeks, this series has counted down this critic and fan’s choices for the most important Chicago Artists Who Changed Popular Music, from 1 to 50.
As I’ve noted at the end of each installment, that number is completely arbitrary: We could have gone with 100 or 1,000. The entries also are entirely subjective: Every reader and listener can and should have their own list, and I’d be eager to hear them.
This series simply was a place to get the conversation started, in the context of a city that all too often slights its artistic legacy, as became crystal clear when brilliant videographer and web guru Andrew Gill and I visited one location after another that illustrates just how little Chicago cares about its musical history.
Thanks again to Andrew for helping to pull this series together, as well as to WBEZ online majordomo Tricia Bobeda, former digital intern Jack Howard, and everyone on the WBEZ web team.
Now, I’d like to recap the list one more time, and share a link to YouTube playlist of all of our videos.