For 12 years Reader contributor Marc PoKempner tried to find a publisher for his book of photographs of the Chicago blues scene. "I dressed it up in academic clothes for university presses and was even pitching it as something like 'wacky fashions of the 70s,'" he says. "It's beyond my dreams that it's being published like this--as an art book." Hot off the presses from German publishers Prestel Verlag, Down at Theresa's...Chicago Blues features 87 black-and-white prints of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, and other musicians, patrons, and proprietors making the scene between 1969 and the early 90s. To celebrate, PoKempner's throwing not one but two parties this weekend. He'll be signing books at Rosa's Lounge on Friday and Saturday night starting at 8, with music by John Primer, Carey Bell, and others; the cover is $10, which includes food in the early evening. Writer Wolfgang Schorlau--who brought PoKempner's work to Prestel after seeing some photographs on the Internet--will also be present. Rosa's is at 3420 W. Armitage (773-342-0452).
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Marc PoKempner.