CHIRP Book Club

 

Join CHIRP at our store on Thursday, April 9, for the first book group of 2020, covering The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music/Friendly/Dancing, edited by John Dugan.

 

 

 

FAQ:
 
Q: Do I have to finish the whole book?
 
A: No! Really, you just need to have an opinion or interest in the topic of the book. You will not be tested on comprehension or interpretation of themes, motifs, etc.
 
Q: What do you guys talk about?
 
A: Usually we'll have someone facilitate the discussion by asking some general questions (did you like/dislike? favorite/least favorite part, etc.) and identifying some interesting passages or questions raised by the book. We also listen to music related to the topic at hand.
 
Q: Is it a big group?
 
A: Nope, typically just 4-8 people, which is probably for the best. We want to have a good discussion where everybody feels comfortable to speak. 
 
Q: How late do you go?
 
A: The shop closes at 8pm and we try to get out shortly after. Participants are encouraged to continue their discussions over drinks at one of Roscoe's many fine establishments. 
 
Each meeting is BYOB and light refreshments are provided. If you are interested in leading the discussion for any of the books listed above or making a playlist, please email moizza@chirpradio.org.
 
Books we've covered so far:
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azzerad
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop by Bob Stanley
Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3)
Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past by Simon Reynolds
The Rest is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century by Alex Ross
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus
Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation by Jeff Chang
The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper
Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds
How Music Works by David Byrne
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib
Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records by Laura Ballance
 
Event date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 7:00pm
The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music / Friendly / Dancing Cover Image
By John E. Dugan (Editor), John Darnielle (Foreword by)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781940430546
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - July 5th, 2016

Cheap drinks, bathroom grafitti, and formidable performances have ruled for nearly a quarter of a century at Chicago's Empty Bottle. From this collection of photographs, interviews, and essays culled from a community of music fans, bartenders, booking agents, bouncers, and underground musicians emerges a kaleidoscopic history of this influential hole-in-the-wall rock venue, named one of "The Best Rock Clubs in America" by Rolling Stone.

 

Featuring a foreword by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats and first hand interviews with members of The Flaming Lips, Interpol, Low, OK Go, Vandermark Five, Girl Talk, The Rapture, Red Red Meat, The Sea and Cake, and more, as well as rarely-seen, full-color photographs and reproductions of original silkscreen gig posters, this collection is the tell-all confessional from a bar with countless stories to share. Each anecdote is an opportunity to relive experiences that seem conceivable only at the Bottle: watching The Flaming Lips play for a capacity crowd; shooting pool with Krist Novoselic of Nirvana; standing ten feet away from Arcade Fire as they perform a show that could be best described as a "spiritual tent revival for secular indie rock fans."

 

Those who choose to read the book cover to cover will find that many of the stories intersect and mutate, remarking on the complexities of memory, giving in to the growing older, and what it means to look back on a particular time in your life and realize you were part of something bigger than yourself. As musician and contributor Bobby Conn remarked, "It's not really the place. It's everyone making it happen there."