We had a book launch celebration online on July 16. Watch (or re-watch) the video here.

The first volume in a new series of the Best of Chicago Reader writing compiles twenty of the best music features by senior writer Leor Galil.

Chicago Pop Stars, Hardcore Heroes, and House Legends: 10 Years of Chicago Reader Music Features includes features about Chance the Rapper, Willis Earl Beal, Martin Sorrondeguy of Los Crudos and Limp Wrist, Angel Olsen, Marcus Mixx, John Walt and Pivot Gang, Andre Vasquez, Frankie Knuckles, Midwestern Emo, Blue Groove Louneg, Kaina, Bongripper, Chicagoland Record Collectors Show, American Football, Bob Nanna and Downwrite, Angel Bat Dawid, Star Creature Universal Vibrations, DJ Rashad and Teklife, Roy Kinsey, and Jamila Woods.

The book is available in print and as a PDF download.

Editors: Philip Montoro, Jamie Ludwig, and Taryn Allen
Cover design: Jackie Weinberg
Book design: Kirk Williamson

Leor Galil serves as the Reader’s music writer. He began freelancing for the Reader in 2010 and joined the staff in 2012. He’s also written for the Washington Post, Pitchfork, RollingStone.com, the Washington City Paper, and the A.V. Club, among other outlets.