BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
Rock 'n' Roll, its
Predecessors, and its Descendants
Music for a Modern City
Tuesday, January 7, 5:30 -
8:30 pm. The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19
South Wabash Av.
Cocktails at 5:30,
with the presentation at 6:00 for about
thirty minutes, followed by Q&A and
general cocktail conversation.
with EventBrite event support are required.
(Select the green "Tickets" link.)
From the earliest dance halls
on Wolf Point (in Chicago's first
hotel, the Sauganash, in the 1820s and '30s)
to the spirited fun of today's Lollapalooza;
from Thomas A. Dorsey's gospel music at the
Pilgrim Baptist Church (where Dorsey, "the
father of gospel music" was music director
for decades) to Mahalia Jackson; from Benny
Goodman's clarinet and Bix Beiderbecke's
cornet (both spent some of their formative
years in Chicago) on to Dixie Land, Big
Band, and, decades later. to Chicago House
Music—Chicago's broad shoulders have
supported every measure and every cadence,
and it contributions to music have been
In the United States in the late 1940s and
early 1950s, the musical genre known as Rock
'n' Roll evolved from gospel,
jump blues, jazz, boogie-woogie, rhythm and
blues, and country. It was here in
Chicago, home to so many ground-breaking
advances in musical styles, that rock 'n'
roll music was gestated and delivered.
Please join the Cigar Society as
Chicago-area musician and historian Clarence
Goodman leads us on a guided tour of
the “Big Bang” of rock 'n' roll’s first few
decades, and for a discussion of the pivotal
role that Chicago has played (and continues
to play) in developing the sound and vibe of
modern music around the world.
• • •
Clarence Goodman is
a Chicago tour guide, history buff, and
As tour guide, public speaker, and
history buff, Mr. Goodman lectures widely in
Chicago about Chicago, and leads physical
sightseeing tours that emphasize Chicago's
unique history. His tour company is called C
As a professional musician, Mr. Goodman's
songbook spans generations and genres, dipping
into the catalogs of artists such as Frank
Sinatra and Billie Holiday, performing classics
such as "Stardust" and "San Antonio Rose," and
including sprinklings from pop legends and his
own compositions. Mr. Goodman's vocal
style has been described as a cross between Bob
Dylan's and Sam Cooke's.
His lectures and guided
tours have included:
- My Kind of Town ... And
Yours! Chicago 101. All the
stuff you've heard about, read about, and
seen in the movies; our landmarks and
- Murder, Mayhem & The
Mob, in Four Parts: (i) Our town in the
Roaring Twenties, (ii) Prohibition, (iii) Al
Capone, and (iv) the True Story of the St.
Valentine's Day Massacre.
- Hell Hath No Fury: The
Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful Women of the
Windy City: Chicago's Terrific Tradition of
- The Devil and Dr. Holmes.
You've read the book and are looking forward
to the film. Come see the sites of
Chicago's World's Fair (1893)...and
America's first serial killer!
- Emancipation to
Inauguration. From the Shotgun Shack to the
White House, the Black Experience in ChiTown
is rich, nuanced and profound.
- Black Sox, Billy Goats, and
the Monsters of the Midway: Not just
cruising by the ballparks, but the why,
when, and how of Chicago sports.
- The Great Migration and the
- In the Belly of the Beast:
Martin Luther King in Chicago.
- Burnham, Sullivan, Mies and
their Legacies. Chicago Architecture: You
can't spell 'architecture' without C-H-I!
- West Side Stories: Chicago
Embraces the Industrial Revolution.
- Fires, Flops, and Floods:
Our Town's history of natural and human-made
disasters and tragedies.
- Four Stars, Two Stripes, One
Vision: Milestones in Chicago History.
- Public Enemy: Dillinger in
- Over There: Chicago Goes to
Clarence Goodman writes,
"My whole racket is
based on the premise that Chicago is the
center of the universe. It then becomes my job
to back up that assertion.
"Somehow, I was blessed with a 'history gene'
(if there is such a thing!). From a very early
age, I displayed an affinity for and an
appreciation of history and the massive jigsaw
puzzle that it is. That such a nerd would be
from Chicago and have parents and grandparents
who would supplement this passion with
terrific story-telling and the like can’t be
an accident. (Somewhere all of my grandparents
are rolling their eyes!)"
|FUN FACT: Did you know that The
Rolling Stones traveled to Chicago to
record not one, but two albums (in 1964
and 1965, at Chess Records) as the Stones
worked to incorporate that special Chicago
Blues sound into their rock 'n' roll
If you don't know the
blues... there's no point in picking
up the guitar and playing rock and
roll or any other form of popular
Blues is a big part of rock and
roll. The best rock and roll got its
birth in the blues. You hear it in
Little Richard and Chuck Berry.
Rock and roll is not one music but
Rock 'n' roll is a river of music that
has absorbed many streams. All have
contributed to the big beat.
Rock 'n' roll is a thing of infinite
possibilities. Two guitars, bass, drums,
and keyboards: However limited it looks on
paper, in practice it's an almost
sculptural medium, stunning in its
plasticity, something that can always be
given a new shape.
—WARREN ZANES, Slate
About the Cigar
Society of Chicago
ONE OF THE
OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of
Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social,
legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical,
theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of
educated, bright, and appropriately provocative
individuals, all under the beneficent influence of
substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits. The
Cigar Society of Chicago embraces
this tradition and extends it with its Informal
Smokers, University Series lectures,
and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars,
and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as
an important component of our version of the classical
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