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Chicago -- The Other Black Renaissance

The biggest difference between the Black Chicago Renaissance and the Harlem Renaissance is brand awareness. The fact is, from roughly the early ‘30s to the ‘50s, Chicago was black America’s most fruitful cultural capitol.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin' Wolf - "The Red/Little Red Rooster"

Whether known as "The Red Rooster" or "Little Red Rooster", this Willie Dixon song has attained classic status in the blues repertoire. And no one does it better than Howlin' Wolf.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin' Wolf - "Shake for Me"

In this new Between the Grooves series, George de Stefano digs beneath the nondescript cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Rocking Chair" album -- an urtext for many rock and R&B artists who have been inspired by it or covered its songs -- to examine some of the greatest blues ever recorded.

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Laughing Through the Tears: The Enduring Journey of Etta James

As much as Etta James used her songwriting and vocal skills as primary sources for empowerment and critique, her performances and image were equally significant in reflecting a public persona bursting with wit, wildness, and sassy radicalism.

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Bo Diddley: Gold

Bo Diddley may be gone, but he is not forgotten, as this two-disc compilation of his prime Checker years easily proves.


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