Aaron Cohen - "Move On Up" - Duane Powell

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Aaron Cohen

Aaron Cohen discusses Move on Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power. He will be joined in conversation and with a live DJ set by Duane Powell. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with Arts + Public Life

At the Co-op

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About the book: This book looks at the social and cultural changes that shaped soul music in Chicago from the late 1950s to the early 1980s and how the musicians themselves became change agents. Interviews with more than 100 participants describe such challenges as educational and industrial segregation; how the push for empowerment included the artistic as well as political spheres and why the music on these recordings has been so diverse, distinctive and influential. The book includes original interviews with Jerry Butler, Chaka Khan, Gene Chandler and numerous other artists, activists and industry leaders.

About the author: Aaron Cohen is the author of Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power (University of Chicago Press) and Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace' (Bloomsbury). He teaches humanities, journalism and English composition at City Colleges of Chicago and received a Public Scholar fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2016. Cohen's articles have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, DownBeat, Washington Post and The Nation and he is the two-time recipient of the Deems Taylor Award for outstanding music writing from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

About Duane Powell: Duane Powell's love for music started an early age growing up in the 1970's being exposed to Chicago's rich soul music scene. His uncles were disc jockeys until the mid 80's and artists including Minnie Riperton, The Emotions, Chaka Khan, Miki Howard, The Staple Singers were their classmates and / or family friends. In 1985, Duane entered into the world of street promotions pounding the pavement promoting events for prominent DJs within Chicago's burgeoning house music scene starting with Lil Louis. In a five-year span, because of their Avante Garde style and presence, Duane and his crew became the go-to individuals in marketing to get all of the "cool kids" to events. By 1990, Duane had done street promotions and served as marketing manager and consultant for many clubs and DJs including the historic Powerhouse. In 1998, he became an import buyer for Cargo Music Distribution and by the end of that year, an employer at one of Chicago's most legendary record stores, Dr. Wax Records. It was his 12 years there that the title of "tastemaker" really took shape by almost single-handedly breaking several artists in the market. This included Ledisi, Eric Roberson, Julie Dexter, Jill Scott, Raheem Devaughn, N'Dambi and many more.

As a DJ, he had a popular internet radio program on Swank Society. He has spun at and has residencies at many of the most popular venues around the city including the House Of Blues, Virgin Hotel, The Promontory, and Reggie's Music Club. In addition, he has opened for many heavyweights in soul music including opening for Frankie Beverly & Maze at The Taste Of Chicago and has shared the bill with many legendary DJ's and Grammy-winning producers in the dance music world including Joe Claussell, DJ Spinna, Steve "Silk" Hurley, Maurice Joshua, Josh Milan, Timmy Regisford, Ron Trent and more.

Thousands of people are glued to his social media pages for his updates on music, as well as his knowledgeable tributes to the greats in music history. He also served as the Soulful Sundays editor for the reputable hip-hop blog kevinnottingham.com. According to his following, his SOUNDROTATION compilations create sonic satisfaction, that impinges on their emotions and lends freedom to their souls.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637