9:21 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Midwest Electric: The Story of Chicago House and Detroit Techno

Fri 6/17 at 10pm: 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. So, tune in for a musical education that you can dance to, on Afropop Worldwide!

In 1979 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 Frankie Knuckles, Vince Lawrence, Juan Atkins, and Carl Craig - as well as scholars, DJs and dancers, we'll find out how two chilly mid-western cities taught the world to dance.

Slideshow photo: DJ Frankie Knuckles, 2011 (source: mixing.DJ)