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  • Studs Terkel: The Birth of the Old Town School of Folk Music

    Studs Terkel: The Birth of the Old Town School of Folk Music

    In this 2004 video, Chicago’s one-and-only Studs Terkel talks about the early years of the Old Town School of Folk Music, and his involvement in that history through his friend of many years, Win Stracke, one of the founders of the school. He also discusses the personal and political power of song, Big Bill Broonzy, The Weavers, and much more. Interview by Mark Dvorak, camera and editing by Bob Medich. Continue reading

  • [Studs Terkel interviews Buster Keaton]

    [Studs Terkel interviews Buster Keaton]

    This is an interview of the silent movie star, Buster Keaton, by Studs Terkel. They talk about many different parts of Keaton’s career, the movie industry, how it’s changed, and the context behind gags. Continue reading

  • American Roots Music Chicago

    American Roots Music Chicago

    “American Roots Music: Chicago” provides a history of Chicago blues, jazz, and folk music through archival photographs and film. Several notable musicians, such as B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Pete Seeger, and Jeff Tweedy reflect on what they’ve inherited from their predecessors. Harold Ramis narrates biographical segments on Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, Benny Goodman, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, the Staple Sisters, Willie Dixon, and Big Bill Broonzy. The documentary also covers the rise of folk and polka in Chicago. Other topics include the Great Migration, the rise of radio and phonograph records, electric musical instruments, the National Barn Dance radio program, and the Old Town School of Folk Music. The documentary ends with a sampling of musical genres and venues active in Chicago. Continue reading

  • Studs’ Place: Teen Job

    Studs’ Place: Teen Job

    “Teen Job,” an episode of “Studs’ Place,” shows a tension between young, newly-hired Johnny and his mother, Marie. Marie wants only what’s best for her son, and in this amounts to Johnny spending his vacation in relaxation. Marie confronts Studs and asks him to fire Johnny so he won’t buy a hot rod and, potentially, put himself in danger. Studs conceded, but soon they find out what sort of intentions Johnny actually has. Also featuring musical performances by Chet and Win. Continue reading

  • Studs’ Place: Policemen’s Ball

    Studs’ Place: Policemen’s Ball

    “Policemen’s Ball,” an episode of “Studs’ Place,” has Win disappointed when his romantic plans with Grace are (seemingly) foiled by her interest in a mysterious gentleman caller. The episode also features a musical number by Chet and Win. Continue reading

  • Join us for Studs’ Place at Hideout November 11

    Join us for Studs’ Place at Hideout November 11

    We’re excited to be part of this special event. Hope to see you there! The Chicago Television Project: Studs’ Place Pocket Guide to Hell presents Studs’ Place, a live performance of a NEW episode of the classic Studs Terkel television show, at the Hideout (1354 W Wabansia) on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at 7 PM. There is a $7-10 suggested donation.   In honor of the yearlong Studs Terkel centennial, Pocket Guide to Hell is producing a new episode of the … Continue reading

  • Studs’ Place: Piggy Bank

    Studs’ Place: Piggy Bank

    “Piggy Bank,” and episode of “Studs’ Place,” features Chet, Win, and Studs trying to convince Grace to smash open her piggy bank. Features songs from Chet and Win, and ends with a solicitation for the Red Cross’s relief effort for victims of the Great Flood of 1951. Continue reading

  • Studs’ Place: Card Shark

    Studs’ Place: Card Shark

    “Card Shark,” an episode of “Studs’ Place,” features Studs and Chet trying to beat a card shark at his own game. They plan to expose the alleged traveling salesman as a hustler in order to protect the community. Their plan backfires after they jump to conclusions. Also featuring a song from Win Stracke. Continue reading