Today, no matter where you are in the world, you can turn on a radio and hear the echoes and influences of Chicago house music. Do You Remember House? tells a comprehensive story of the emergence, and contemporary memorialization of house in Chicago, tracing the development of Chicago house music culture from its beginnings in the late '70s to the present. Based on expansive research in archives and his extensive conversations with the makers of house in Chicago's parks, clubs, museums, and dance studios, author Micah Salkind argues that the remediation and adaptation of house music by crossover communities in its first decade shaped the ways that Chicago producers, DJs, dancers, and promoters today re-remember and mobilize the genre as an archive of collectivity and congregation. The book's engagement with musical, kinesthetic, and visual aspects of house music culture builds from a tradition of queer of color critique. As such, Do You Remember House? considers house music's liberatory potential in terms of its genre-defiant repertoire in motion. Ultimately, the book argues that even as house music culture has been appropriated and exploited, the music's porosity and flexibility have allowed it to remain what pioneering Chicago DJ Craig Cannon calls a 'musical Stonewall' for queers and people of color in the Windy City and around the world.
With Do You Remember House?, Salkind has given us a definitive study of a music that has until now received very little scholarly attention. Through years of ethnographic field work, dozens of oral history interviews, and meticulous archival research Salkind delivers a riveting story about how house music emerged, first as an underground creation and then as a commercially successful Chicago phenomenon that literally saved the lives of a generation of queer people of color. This book pays homage to house heads around the world. * E. Patrick Johnson, author of Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South * This richly nuanced study shows how house music - one of Chicago's most important, enduring, and magical cultural creations - arose in underground spaces through the vision, determination, and energy of queer people of color. Just as importantly, through a wealth of first-person accounts, Salkind also reveals how house continues to resonate through this American city today. An essential contribution to critical race and sexuality studies and the history of club music. * Mark J. Butler, author of Playing with Something That Runs and Professor of Music Theory and Cognition, Northwestern University * [The] definitive study * Chicago Tribune *