Gotta Go Gotta Flow Life, Love, and Lust on Chicago's South Side From the Seventies

    City Files Press


    AWESOME BACK - wicked photos Chicago black club life in the 1970s. Accompanied by some super deep words and poems. This book rocks!

    Michael Abramson takes out his small Leica camera at Pepper’s Hideout on Chicago’s South Side. 1974. Cool music. Cool scene. Over the next three years, Abramson takes thousands of vivid photographs of smoke-filled Pepper’s, Perv’s House, the Patio Lounge, High Chaparral, and other black nightclubs. Not so much the clubs, but the night people who fill the crowded bars until sunrise. Enter Patricia Smith, a nationally acclaimed poet who grew up not far from these clubs. She creates words that capture the culture of Chicago’s black nightclubs and the urban life that nurtured them. She brings his night world back to life. Smith’s words and Abramson’s photographs record the vitality of a special place and time.

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