Two Jewish immigrants, Leonard and Phil Chess, came from Poland to Chicago and established one of the most important music labels in American history. The Chess brothers produced sparse, raw recordings of artists such as Chuck Berry, Muddy Walters, Etta James, Benny Goodman, Howlin’ Wolf, The Four Tops, Irma Thomas, John Lee Hooker, and Art Neville. We’ll study the music and explore connections to Memphis, New Orleans, Detroit, and London, as well as the lasting impact of Chess Records on rock and roll, blues, jazz, R&B, pop, and all that followed. The course title comes from the only instrumental recorded by the Rolling Stones, a tribute to the address of Chess Studios in the 1960s.
ZOOM LINK: Available on website to paid and registered members
CLASS LIMIT: 95
INSTRUCTOR: Karl Hakkarainen is the Technology Adviser for WISE. He has taught courses covering a variety of topics including politics, digital literacy, social networks, history, music, and intellectual property law. He enjoys spending time with his granddaughters who ask him for advice about computers and cellphones.
OPTIONAL BOOK: Machers and Rockers: Chess Records and the Business of Rock & Roll, W.W. Norton, 2004. ISBN: 9780393052800