Chicago House Essentials

Interviews, profiles, news and stories about the history of Chicago House Music – the artists, labels, clubs and culture that brought a new form of music to the world.

Chicago House’s Sleezy D of “I’ve Lost Control” Has Died

Marshall Jefferson tagged us in a post bringing the news that Derrick Harris aka Sleezy D has died of kidney failure.

Marshall Jefferson: The Return of the House Music Anthem

Fifty years from now, when archeologists are tracing ancient folklore to uncover this thing called House Music, they'll come across one song, one track that stands alone among all of the early Chicago classics....

Farley Jackmaster Funk: The 5 Magazine Interview

SOME PEOPLE ARE BORN underdogs. Farley Jackmaster Funk, one of the most influential figures in the history of House Music, with a career pning three decades, clearly relishes the idea of being underestimated. More...
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There Are Dreams and There Is Escape: The Legend of James Jack Rabbit Martin

If there is a Robert Johnson of Chicago House Music, it's James "Jack Rabbit" Martin. No one has ever claimed that Martin walked down to a crossroads and had his 303 caressed by the Devil's...
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Trax Records Founder Larry Sherman Dies of Heart Failure

Chicago House label Trax Records' founder Larry Sherman died of heart failure over Passover.

Bad Boy Bill: The 5 Magazine Interview

In Chicago, Bad Boy Bill (website, discogs, twitter, myspace, facebook, youtube) is best known for his mix shows on WMBX, WGCI and B96 and he is credited to being the founding father of the...

Frankie Knuckles’ Dancefloor Beasts

DEL compiles a selection of dancefloor "beauties" and dancefloor "beasts" from the illustrious career of Frankie Knuckles for his Foundations series. These are the beasts! Related: Foundations' Reflections on Frankie Knuckles. Related: Frankie Knuckles' Dancefloor Beauties. Frankie...
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Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy and How House Music Movies Are Made

Everyone will be Unsung. Including you.
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Deejay Deeon: The 5 Magazine Interview

Deeon is a pioneer in Chicago music, period. Often revered as the Ghetto House originator, he is an influence to electronic music producers of all genres. He's licensed songs to compilations from DJs that...
Beyond Heaven Vol II

More Classic Chicago House Flyers in Beyond Heaven Vol 2

New book showcases party flyers from back in the day - Chicago from 1981 to 1992 - and snapshots from ground zero of house music's origins.

Who is Robert Williams?

WHO IS THE MAN with the glasses, the one you see at certain House parties? Those who know him revere him, and for those of you who don't, it's time to brush up on...

Robert Williams Music Box Memoirs

At every critical moment in early House Music history, Robert Williams was there. As the owner of the original Warehouse to the Music Box to the parties he continues to throw today, Robert Williams is an icon, a treasure of the Chicago House Music scene.

Jamie Principle: The 5 Magazine Interview

Not much has been written about Jamie Principle, the Chicago artist whose dark brooding voice haunted us with songs such as "Baby Wants to Ride", "I'll Take You There" and "Cold World." His early...
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Larry Heard & Robert Owens are Suing Trax Records

Chicago House Music pioneers Larry Heard and Robert Owens have filed a multi-million dollar copyright infringement suit against Trax Records and defendant Rachael Cain.

The Armando Project: Terry Hunter Interview

The following is a partial transcript of our interview with Terry Hunter for The Armando Project. Terry was on the road at the time, and took time out to answer a few questions and...
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All the Beautiful People: Frederick Dunson Interview

YOU MAY NOT KNOW who he is, and that would be just fine if you attend a party by Frederick Dunson. One half of D/E Entertainment, Frederick has been behind some of the most...

Tyree Cooper: The 5 Magazine Interview

From basketball star to DJ and producer extraordinaire, Tyree Cooper is still on top of his game. The 5 Mag interview.
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Dancing While Black, Young and Queer in the 1970s

Lessons from Robert Williams: How dealing with the police was an essential part of dancing while Black, queer and young in the 1970s.

The Armando Project: Paul Johnson Interview

This is the transcript of our interview with Paul Johnson for The Armando Project. Paul was interviewed via phone on January 15, 2008. Errors in transcription are the fault of the interviewer.   PAUL JOHNSON: ...
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Vincent Floyd: Sometimes They Come Back

Vincent Floyd made several stone cold classics in the 1990s, but never knew anyone was listening. But they were.

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Everyone Is About To Feast On The Beast

“Everyone is About to Feast on the Beast”

A who's who of classic Chicago House artists have launched a legal strike to reclaim their rights from Trax Records. A reckoning over the past has been a long time coming...
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Glenn Davis – RISE vol 2

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Cee ElAssaad: Evolve