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Unearthed Chicago documentary reveals House Music glory years
By Mark Guarino
Missed the heyday of house music in Chicago? A time machine just landed to solve that problem for you.
On Wednesday, Media Burn, the archive of independent film based in Chicago, uploaded “House Music in Chicago,” an unearthed, 12-minute video documenting October 25, 1986, the opening night of the Power House, the club owned and operated by House music pioneer Frankie Knuckles, who died Monday at age 59.
According to Media Burn, the video has not been viewed in nearly 30 years.
The video, produced by documentary filmmaker Phil Ranstrom, features shots of dancegoers enjoying the night, dance choreography, Knuckles operating the turntables in a DJ loft above the crowd, plus interviews with Knuckles, performer J.M. Silk, former RCA Records executive Simon Low, local promoter Beth McKabe, fans, and others involved in the scene.
Knuckle operated the Power House soon after his tenure as resident DJ at the Warehouse in the near West Loop.
“It is disco music, it’s really not that much different … The thing about it was, a lot of it got past the city, the city as a whole. But as far as the Warehouse was concerned, it was the only after ours club here and I was allowed to get away with whatever I wanted to,” Knuckle tells an interviewer.
At one point, Knuckles is asked by an interviewer, “How hot is house music right now?”
His answer: “On a scale of one to 10 — It’s a 12.”
Here’s the documentary: