Moses Asch created Folkways Records in 1948 to document the beautiful and extraordinary diversity of human expression through sound.
In the late 1980s, Club Dreamerz on Milwaukee Avenue marked Wicker Park’s transition from old immigrant neighborhood to trendy tech hub.
With the help of festivals like the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Cajun music saw a revival in the 1960s and 70s. Many of the voices from this revival were captured in Les Blank’s poetic J’ai Été Au Bal and Alan Lomax’s more historical Cajun Country.
For the AACM 20th anniversary celebration, Cecil Taylor performed at Mandel Hall with Roscoe Mitchell, Douglas Ewart, Malachi Favors and Steve McCall. After the concert he recorded a station ID for WHPK.
The Polk-A-Lay-Lee was a ukulele like instrument created for Polk Brothers Electronics in 1965. One could buy it for five dollars with the purchase of a tape recorder or TV.