The Chicago Reader debuted October 1, 1971—almost two years before DJ Kool Herc threw the very first hip-hop party in the Bronx in August 1973, nearly three years before the Ramones made their first appearance onstage at CBGB in August 1974, and more than five years before Frankie Knuckles first spun at the Warehouse in […]
Or 1990s Wicker Park encapsulated in a single letter to the editor by Weasel Walter.
Nobody bothered to acknowledge what young women already knew: Liz Phair wasn’t singing for Steve Albini. She was singing for us.
Yes, Chicago does have a history of punks who’ve shown Nazis what’s what.
In 1991, Reader critic Bill Wyman hit the pavement to figure out how one of the biggest shows of the previous year ended in a brawl that resulted in 18 concertgoers behind bars.
Twenty-two years ago, Steve Albini called the Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair “pandering sluts.” At least they didn’t turn out to be flavors of the week.
A #TBT to Bill Wyman’s takedown of the music fest’s inaugural year
In Houston Rap photographer Peter Beste shares images of one of the new century’s most influential hip-hop scenes.
The year in Chicago history via the pages of the Reader
Every week, one of our staffers shares three musical obsessions— then asks someone else (who asks someone else) to take a turn
Why I can’t watch even Michael Jackson’s memorial service without feeling a creeping sense of exploitation.
A roundup of some of the more compelling tributes and reflections on the King of Pop.
The ongoing saga of the proposed Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger.
Is film criticism dying, as Roger Ebert claims, or being born again on the Web?
Bill Wyman explains how the press might do a better job on the John Edwards love child story.