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CHIRP Music Book Club: The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music / Friendly / Dancing

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Roscoe Books
2142 W Roscoe St.
(773) 857-2676

The results are in! CHIRP's first Music Book Club selection for the year, chosen by you the listeners, is The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ years of Music / Friendly / Dancing edited by John E. Dugan with a foreword by John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.  

Cheap drinks, bathroom graffiti, 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.

“[The Empty Bottle] quickly became a hub in the '90s when Chicago indie rock was exploding, and it continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the best-booked rooms in the city, embracing a spirit of experimentation to unite a wide range of genres … [The book includes] tons of great pictures from every era. It's a must-read for anyone interested in the history of a key Chicago venue or really indie music in general.”
—Vice’s Noisey

We'll meet at Roscoebooks on Thursday, April 9th at 7pm for snacks, tunes, and discussion. For more information, visit

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