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Drug delirium, groovy fashion, religious cults, mega corporations, glitzy glam, hard rock, global unrest—from our 2019 perspective, the seventies are often remembered as a bizarre blur of bohemianism and disco. John Corbett will transport us back in time to this thrillingly tumultuous era through a playful exploration of its music. Weaving musical excerpts with readings from his latest book, Pick Up the Pieces, Corbett will take us through a curated playlist of the varied musical scene of the 1970s (rock, disco, pop, soul, jazz, folk, and funk), creating a panoramic view of the era through cultural observation, music criticism, and personal insight.
Corbett is a writer, curator, and producer based in Chicago and the co-owner of the art gallery, Corbett vs. Dempsey. Called “a master DJ of the page,” his earlier books include Extended Play: Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein (1994); Microgroove: Forays into Other Music (2015); and Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium (2017). Corbett’s work as a music producer includes his label, the Unheard Music Series (1999-2006) and Corbett vs. Dempsey, an ongoing label issuing CDs of new and historical jazz, experimental music and improvised music. He also guest directs and co-produces concert series, musical events, and festivals in the US and abroad and has curated museum exhibitions throughout the country.