CHICAGO GETS 4 STARS HISTORY #1, $3, 8½” x 5½”, copied, 20 pgs.

Sep 29, 2020

There’s a lot in here for history buffs and Chicago buffs and if you happen to be both, you’ll be happier than a pig in shit. It was Joe’s love of Chicago that had him put this volume of the city’s lore together and in it you’ll find pieces on the Lager Beer Riot, the early Chi-town punk scene, the times the Chicago River caught fire, and the tragic and deadly Iroquois Theater fire. There are also articles about stuff that Chicago likes to take ownership over, like Schlitz Beer, the jibarito (a hometown concocted sandwich) and early Chicago punk like Naked Raygun and The Effigies. My favorite piece was the one on anarchist Louis Lingg. Taken prisoner at the Haymarket Riots while fighting for the eight-hour workday, Lingg blew a blasting cap in his mouth in his cell, preferring to take his own life than to dying at the hands of the state. –Craven Rock (Joe Mason, 2040 W. Homer St., Apt. 2, Chicago, IL 60647, [email protected])