In 1971, Hyde Park had seven second hand bookstores, including Chicago’s oldest bookstore. Today, Powell’s on 57th is the only one still in business.
Zen Buddhism became popular in post WWII San Francisco, especially among beat poets like Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Tram Combs. The influence of Zen extended into cookbooks, when Edward Espe Brown began baking at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.
Speed Kills was a Chicago based zine that published seven issues from 1991
to 1995. Its contents inspired the name for the Chicago based band DragKing.
The Regenstein Library opened in 1970 and soon became the center of social life on the University of Chicago campus. One reason for its popularity were the comfortable study areas, including window alcoves with Pfister Lounge Chairs.
Four years after Disco Demolition Night, The Police performed at Comiskey Park. In
the Quad Cities, 80s entertainment included the Bix Beiderbecke festival and cruising
on Saturday Night.