the story of chicago house and detroit techno

It’s been over thirty years since house and techno music exploded out of South Side Chicago and inner-city Detroit, and most Americans still don’t know their dance music history. In 1977 a DJ named Frankie Knuckles moved to Chicago to spin and remix disco records at an underground club called The Warehouse. Out of a fringe subculture that formed there – gay and African-American – house music would emerge to become one the biggest club music genres in the world. Meanwhile, young black futurists of Detroit channeled their city’s post-industrial decay into a utopian machine music known as techno. In this Hip Deep episode, Afropop travels to Chicago and Detroit to explore the past and future of electronic music. Through dozens of interviews with seminal house and techno producers – including Paul Johnson, Vince Lawrence, Juan Atkins, and Carl Craig – as well as scholars, radio DJs and party promoters, we’ll find out how two chilly mid-western cities taught the world to dance.

afropop worldwide sent our pal wills glasspiegel and his partner marlon bishop to the midwest to document the history of chicago house and detroit techno for their afropop worldwide show, also touching on south african house and chicago juke/footwork along the way. a massive work, essential listening to those not fully up on their history.

Midwest Electric: The Story of Chicago House and Detroit Techno by Afropop Worldwide

more on afropop.org, also have a listen to wills’ eclectic radio mix for weird magic here.

[img: juan atkins by wills glasspiegel]



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