In 1979, Methuen Press published Subculture: the meaning of style by Dick Hebdige, the first academic book to address Punk culture. In 1984, the University of Chicago Press published Paths of Neighborhood Change whose lead author was Richard Taub, a section of which discusses Hyde Park’s urban renewal.
Pure Hype began on WHPK in 1986 as a way to promote upcoming indie rock shows with free
tickets and interviews with musicians. By 1988, the show also began hosting live performances in the middle of the radio station’s record library.
In the 1980s, video stores sold eighteen inch statues with oversized heads of celebrities from music, TV and film. From the 1950s to the 1990s, Esco Products of Brooklyn fabricated hundreds of different figures, from Groucho Marx to Louis Armstrong.
In 1996 a scene from the film That Old Feeling was shot in the lobby
of the Royal York Hotel. The Empire Room at Chicago’s Palmer House
was a legendary supper club that feature vocal greats from Frank Sinatra
to Peggy Lee.
In 1988, Pussy Galore released a tape covering the entire Exile on Main Street. Not long after that, the Minneapolis trio Zuzu’s Petals performed their own cover of a Stones song at the 400 Bar.