Maxwell Street Market

This week we remember Chicago’s historic Maxwell Street Market, a bustling place where a person could witness a one-of-a-kind live blues performance while bargaining the price down on a dirt cheap toaster oven or pack of socks.

First, a performance by Blind Arvella Gray, a 72-year-old street performer recorded by Jim Morrissette, Linda Williams, and Raul Zaritsky in 1978.

(You can also view a longer version at mediaburn.)

Next, a short film by Tom Palazzolo and friends shows the eclectic mix of people and musicĀ on Maxwell Street. For more on Tom Palazzolo’s films and photography, see his website.

Finally, a great performance clip from the new documentary Cheat You Fair by Phil Ranstrom.



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