The Book: Chicago Music Scene: 1960's and 1970's. Arcadia Publishing, 128 Pages, $21.99
Finally completed and available this week, Dean Milano's chronical of the prolific Chicago music scene of the 1960's and 1970's encompasses all areas of popular music: rock, folk, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, bluegrass and country and western. Lots and lots of photos, stories, and remembrances of individuals and groups whose flame died quickly, as well as those who went on to national prominence.
This was a volume destined to come together. Dean tells the story of when he and Bob Diamond were discussing the book over dinner, lamenting that he could not figure out a way to get in touch with jazz horn player Bobby Lewis. Too corney to make up, so it must be true, but who do you think was sitting two tables away? Well, it wasn't Louis Armstrong. Dean wouldn't lie about that, would he?
The book's release will be celebrated on November 22 at the Abbey Pub, 3422 W. Grace, Chicago. A "few" performers have enthusiastically agreed to appear, such as Muriel Anderson, Al Day, Chris Farrell, Ronnie, Rice, Norm Siegel, and maybe a couple dozen others, plus some members of a band or two, such as Shadows of Night, Special Consensus Alumni Band, Wilderness Road, Saturday's Children, the Cascades, Unity Bluegrass, and others. In other words, it will be continuous music from 1 PM until they flash the lights for us to get out - and maybe a little while longer.
In case you already forgot:
Abby Pub, 3420 W. Grace, Chicago
Sunday, November 22. 1 PM to... who knows?
Cost: In advance, $20, or $40 including a copy of the book. Concert price includes a "great food spread."
Abbey holds between 500 and 600, but it may very well sell out in advance, so go to chicagopopfestival.com or brownpapertickets.com to buy tickets. At the door the price will be $5 more, if there are any tickets left.
Don't worry, the Bears will be so far out of the playoffs by then that we will all be looking for something else to do on a Sunday afternoon.
Oh, and congratulations to Dean Milano for competing the book, and for organizing the pop celebration.