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  • Frankie Knuckles brought a Chicago sound to the world

    Frankie Knuckles brought a Chicago sound to the world

    A pioneering legend of Chicago house music has died. Here’s a short excerpt from Greg Kot’s excellent obituary in the Chicago Tribune: Frankie Knuckles, who died Monday at age 59 in Chicago, was not just the “godfather” of Chicago house music. He was a pioneer in the way he cultivated a culture, a sound and a community around dance music that decades later encompasses the world. Now DJs such as Skrillex, Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Afrojack can fill stadiums internationally as … Continue reading

  • House Music in Chicago

    House Music in Chicago

    Opening night at the Power House in October 1986 featuring Frankie Knuckles and J.M. Silk. Continue reading

  • [Where's I.W. Abel? raw #1]

    [Where's I.W. Abel? raw #1]

    Made by Kartemquin and a rank-and-file steel workers caucus, the film documents the opposition of the rank-and-file to the no-strike agreement between Steelworkers President I.W. Abel and the ten major steel companies, made without a vote by the membership of the union. Featuring Staughton Lynd. Continue reading

  • Pete Seeger: A Gentle Soul

    Pete Seeger: A Gentle Soul

    Today, we pay tribute to Pete Seeger, one of the greatest American singers, political role models, and human beings. He lived his 94 years to the fullest, never wavering from his beliefs in the dignity of all people, civil rights, the environment, and decency, even when he was questioned by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955. His musical and personal legacy will live on for generations. In fact, it already has! He was in Chicago in 1991 to be … Continue reading

  • “Our kind of video”: Nelson Mandela and South Africa through the eyes of Andrew Jones

    “Our kind of video”: Nelson Mandela and South Africa through the eyes of Andrew Jones

    When Nelson Mandela died on December 5th, mainstream news media almost universally presented Mandela as a one-dimensional hero for his iconic life and accomplishments. But now that a lot of the coverage has waned, we want to give you another look at Mandela and his impact on South Africans. The archival footage we’ve put together here doesn’t try to give you a complete story of Mandela’s political career. This is a series of video snapshots, moments in time recorded along … Continue reading

  • A stunning portrait of a lost community

    A stunning portrait of a lost community

    This week, we’re continuing our series of videos that celebrate Media Burn’s upcoming ten year anniversary with another peek at the hard working people who make Media Burn possible. Video Cataloger/Digitizer Andrew Seeder reflects on his 18 month-long experience watching hundreds of hours of videos: “It was the everyday life of the community that came across during those hours, and that’s exactly the kind of thing we’re going to be most interested in 50 years, 60 years, 100 years from … Continue reading

  • [The 90's raw: Hustlin' Scrap]

    [The 90's raw: Hustlin' Scrap]

    Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90′s. “Hustlin’ Scrap.” Joe Cummings goes to a scrap metal yard to interview the men who roam Chicago’s alleys collecting scraps to return for cash. After leaving the lot, Cummings drives around River North and Downtown and talks about life in Chicago. Continue reading

  • Walt Bellamy (1939-2013)

    Walt Bellamy (1939-2013)

    Professional sports just ain’t what they used to be. Now, every player in the NBA is a millionaire, but back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, even the biggest stars didn’t make huge money. We were reminded about those realities last weekend with the death of Walt Bellamy, aged 74, a Hall of Fame NBA center and Olympic champion who played for 14 years as a pro in Chicago, Baltimore, and New York. In 1986, Bellamy played in the NBA Legends … Continue reading