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Gwendolyn Brooks: Chicago’s Poet

Gwendolyn Brooks

Although born in Topeka, Kansas, a century ago, on June 7, 1917, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks will always be remembered as a true Chicagoan. Brooks grew up in Chicago, where she began her writing career at 11, when she mailed a number of her poems to community newspapers. The Chicago Defender published a few of her earliest […]

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#TBT: Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K.”

On this Throwback Thursday, we look back at the Sex Pistols’ first single, “Anarchy in the U.K.” The song topped the British music charts 40 years ago, in November 1976. At that time, the band consisted of John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) on vocals, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock, who […]

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#TBT: Composer, Songwriter Cole Porter

Cole Porter

You might love Cole Porter without even realizing it. The composer and songwriter's theater legacy includes musicals Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate and songs "In the Still of the Night, "I Get a Kick out of You" and "It's De-Lovely"—and that's just a taste of his work. He's also known for covers by powerhouses like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. […]

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Spring into Fashion: DIY Denim

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Spring is finally here! What better way to celebrate than with a little shopping? If you have a shopping trip planned, look at some of the latest denim trends, as denim is always popular. Denim was first introduced to laborer-driven professions like mining, railroad work and farming, but began to gain popularity among non-laborer professionals in […]

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#TBT: Charlie Parker’s First Recording

For today's Throwback Thursday, let's remember jazz musician Charlie Parker (1920-1955), who first recorded 75 years ago on April 30, 1941. Charlie Parker was a legendary Grammy-winning jazz alto and tenor saxophonist who, with Dizzy Gillespie, created the musical style called bop or bebop. Celebrate the musical talent of Charlie Parker with these library materials. Archives Charles Walton Papers are an […]

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