Thursday, February 26, 2009

knuckles recognized

As part of Black History Month, Chicago Tribune pop critic Greg Kot has a short but definitive look at Frankie Knuckles' impact on popular music:

Disco died, but was reborn as Chicago house music under Knuckles' guidance—a homegrown brand of dance music that reflected the blue-collar aesthetic of its denizens. The records were often crude by mainstream production standards, but they embraced a gritty energy unlike anything else. By the end of the '80s, house was all the rage in Europe and spawned the rave culture.

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