Record Store Day Reads

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The 8th annual Record Store Day will take place this Saturday, April 18 right here in Chicago. Show support for your local record store by adding to your music collection. Some stores in Chicago to check out include: Reckless Records, Record Breakers, Logan Hardware, and Laurie’s Planet of Sound. If you love flipping through records and scouring […]

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Lyrics are Poems Put to Music: Part Two

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I hope you find this well worth the wait after reading part one. Although Janis Joplin's professional career did not last nearly long enough, her gravelly voice and folky sound will not be forgotten. Her songs are about love, freedom and living. Carole King started as a song writer by writing hits for other singers. She eventually became […]

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April Afternoon Performances at the Harold Washington Library Center

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Sit back, relax and take an entertaining midday break at the library! This month the Harold Washington Library Center Visual and Performing Arts section host a series of free afternoon performances in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium featuring local musicians, singers and dancers. Here Comes the Sun a Beatles Concert: Roosevelt University Singers 12:15 p.m. Friday, April […]

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Public Collectors Author to Speak at Harold Washington Library Center

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Over the years Marc Fischer has collaborated with the Chicago Public Library in documenting local art history with the Chicago Artists’ Archive by donating materials, promoting the collection, referring artists and otherwise keeping us on our toes. Fischer's new book is about people who collect cultural materials that are beyond the purview of big institutions like the library. He will give an Author Talk at […]

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Lyrics Are Poems Put to Music: Part One

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As Women's History Month winds down and National Poetry Month starts, I thought this would be a good time to look at some important women in music, or more like women in music whose lyrics influence and inspire me. These women paved roads, ruined hearts and broke down walls. Their lyrics and music speak of passion, anger, rage and love. They sang the […]

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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

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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

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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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