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Tag: Koko Taylor

Wednesday, March 31st

voices I miss

Koko Taylor (1928-2009), “I’d Rather Go Blind” (E. Jordan, B. Foster, E. James), 1981



random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, June 10th

voices I miss

Albert Collins (1932-1993), live, Switzerland (Montreux), 1979



art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago 

Aaron Siskind (1903-1991), Chicago 28 1957 (Abstractions, through 8/14/16)



tonight in Chicago

The Chicago Blues Festival celebrates the 45th anniversary of Alligator Records, where, in the ’70s, barely out of college, I had the good fortune to co-produce recordings by Albert Collins, Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Fenton Robinson, Jimmy Johnson, Carey Bell, et al.

Friday, 11/23/12

Chicago: 1974 

“Muddy Waters Blues Summit in Chicago,”* Soundstage, 1974

*Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor, Mike Bloomfield, Johnny Winter, Dr. John, et al.

Monday, 10/31/11

two takes

Need a Monday morning boost? You’ve come to the right place.

“Let the Good Times Roll”

Koko Taylor (1928-2009), live

Years ago, when I was at Alligator Records, I worked with her—what a sweetheart.


Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five, c. 1946

Vodpod videos no longer available.



art beat

Yesterday at Chicago’s Goodman Theater:

MARK ROTHKO: Wait. Stand closer. You’ve got to get close. Let it pulsate. Let it work on you. Closer. . . . There. Let it spread out. Let it wrap its arms around you; let it embrace you, filling even your peripheral vision so nothing else exists or has ever existed or will ever exist. Let the picture do its work—But work with it. Meet it halfway for God’s sake. Lean forward, lean into it. Engage with it!

—John Logan, Red (2009)

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