This week the Reader
is wishing a big happy birthday to us. Our 40th, in fact, and we're celebrating the occasion with a whole mess of pieces highlighting particularly notable moments in our paper's history. The B Side had to slim down a little for the week in order to give the party enough space, but we're celebrating over here as well. Neil Tesser shares some fond memories of his relationship with Von Freeman
, "one of a handful of jazz musicians internationally known as Chicago icons" in Tesser's estimation. Tesser was responsible for the first real interview with Freeman, which ran in the Reader
in 1973, which you can read here
. For my part I went digging through the paper's hard-copy archives with my editor, Philip Montoro, and dug up a few pieces
that prove how the Reader
had its finger on pop music's pulse during key periods of the past four decades.
And as usual we've got Gossip Wolf, this week reporting on Riot Fest happenings and new Disappears news, and the trusty Soundboard, which in this edition offers live-music recommendations including Dam-Funk, Dum Dum Girls, Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra, Double Dagger, Glenn Jones, and more.