The Joy of Music Instruction

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The school year started off with a bang in my house—or should I say a high-pitched SQUEAK! It seems that many schools think the fourth grade is an excellent year to teach kids to play an instrument. Not only did my son get introduced to band instruments during the first few weeks of school, but only two […]

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March Afternoon Performances at Harold Washington Library Center

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Take a music-, dance- and theater-inspired midday break at the library! This month the Harold Washington Library Center Visual and Performing Arts section host a series of afternoon performances in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium featuring local musicians, actors and dancers. In the Same Breath 12:15 p.m. Friday, March 13 This concert features new music for […]

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Underground Music Fanzines on Display at Harold Washington Library Center


Underground music fanzines from the 1980s and 1990s from the collection of Marc Fischer are on display through April 24 in the flat exhibit cases on the 8th floor of Harold Washington Library Center. During his high school and college years in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Fischer published Primary Concern, a thick photocopied zine that he wrote, designed and printed. […]

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Mavis Staples: She’ll Take You There

Mavis Staples

On the occasion of the publication of Greg Kot's I'll Take You There, I thought I'd showcase some Mavis Staples' and the Staples Singers' discography here at CPL. But first, the book: Kot is a journalist for the Chicago Tribune, and it shows in his short chapters and succinct writing. While focusing mostly on the […]

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Rock Documentaries

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Some of the most powerful movies star not overpaid Hollywood actors but gloriously gifted singers and musicians. They're rock documentaries, great entertainment if you’re a fan of behind-the-music stories. One of the most moving and suspenseful rock documentaries is Searching for Sugar Man, about a Mexican-American singer-songwriter from Detroit. A 2012 Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary Feature, the movie sets […]

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‘Tis the Season: Holiday Concerts at Harold Washington Library Center

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Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy some festive tunes at our 10th annual lunchtime concert series! This year's performances feature a diverse array of classic and contemporary melodies. All concerts take place at noon in the Harold Washington Library Center Grand Lobby. Schedule of Performances Tuesday, December 2 Jones College Prep High School Concert Choir conducted by […]

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Shoegazing Music

Shoegaze music

Are you looking to relax during the school year? Give yourself some musical healing with shoegaze music. Shoegaze is dreamy, psychedelic, ethereal music that's sprinkled with a bit of rock and roll. People say music is good for the soul, so if you are planning on staying in and painting a masterpiece, or just having a chill night with friends, […]

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Talented Musical Teens at YOUmedia

Music plays a huge role for many of the teens who visit YOUmedia. Recently a couple of them showed off their skills. Ashley has been playing violin for seven years, and Remi has been playing classical guitar for six years. Come show us your music skills or learn some of your own at our Beatmaking Workshop. […]

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Best Celebrity Breakup Songs

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Reigning queen of celebrity breakup songs, Taylor Swift, just announced that her new album, 1989, will be released October 27. Of all her confessional tunes, "Dear John" is my favorite. She really stuck it to John Mayer on this track from 2010's Speak Now. Well...allegedly the song was about him. Ahem. "Don't you think I was too young to be […]

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