Sound Opinions--Online Event: The 10 Most Important Artists in Chicago Music History

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, hosts of the world’s only rock ‘n’ roll talk show, for a live, online event celebrating Chicago music.

They’ll trace the city's rich musical history via the 10 artists they feel contributed the most enduring and influential sounds over the past half-century. Genres include Gospel, Blues, Rock, R&B, and more.

Sound Opinions is a good source for smart and engaging music criticism and conversation. Each week on the show, Jim and Greg interview artists, talk about pop culture and music industry news, review new record releases, and give trends a historical context. Sound Opinions can be heard on WBEZ and 150 other public radio stations across the country. Learn more at soundopinions.org.

Register now for this online event.

About the hosts

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the year the Beatles arrived in America, Jim DeRogatis began voicing his opinions about rock ‘n’ roll shortly thereafter. He is a full-time lecturer in the Professional Writing Program of the English Department at Columbia College Chicago and writes about popular music for WBEZ Chicago. He spent 15 years as the rock critic at The Chicago Sun-Times and covers news and culture as a freelance writer, including contributions to The New Yorker. He is the author of 10 books, among them Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic, and the critically acclaimed Soulless: The Case against R. Kelly. He has played in punk-rock bands since age 13 but jokes that he is a drummer, not a musician. He lives on the North Side of Chicago with his wife, while his daughter pursues musical theater. Find works by DeRogatis in the library catalog.

Greg Kot spent 30 years as the music critic at the Chicago Tribune, where he comprehensively covered popular music and reported on music-related social, political, and business issues. He has written several books, including I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the Music That Shaped the Civil Rights Era and Wilco: Learning How to Die. Kot also has made major contributions to books on Johnny Cash, George Harrison, the Velvet Underground, Queen, Aerosmith, R.E.M., and the Beatles. A longtime contributor to Rolling Stone, Kot has written for a dozen national publications, including DetailsBlender, Entertainment Weekly, Men's Journal, Guitar World, Vibe, and Request. He has lived on Chicago's Northwest Side through numerous character-building winters with his wife, two daughters, and far too many records. Find works by Kot in the library catalog.

Closed-captioning will be available for this program.

This program is presented by Addison Public Library, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Aurora Public Library, Des Plaines Public Library, Forest Park Public Library, Glenview Public Library, Highland Park Public Library, Lincolnwood Public Library, Niles-Maine Library District, Oak Park Public Library, Schaumburg Township District Library, Skokie Public Library, Wheaton Public Library