Bruce Adams - "You’re with Stupid"

Monday, December 5, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Bruce Adams

Bruce Adams will discuss You’re with Stupid. He will be joined in conversation by Doug Mosurock.

This event will be held in person at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. At this time, masks are required while in the store.


About the book: In the 1990s, Chicago was at the center of indie rock, propelling bands like the Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair to the national stage. The musical ecosystem from which these bands emerged, though, was expansive and diverse. Grunge players comingled with the electronic, jazz, psychedelic, and ambient music communities, and an inventive, collaborative group of local labels—kranky, Drag City, and Thrill Jockey, among others—embraced the new, evolving sound of indie “rock.” Bruce Adams, co-founder of kranky records, was there to bear witness. In You’re with Stupid, Adams offers an insider’s look at the role Chicago’s underground music industry played in the transformation of indie rock. Chicago labels, as Adams explains, used the attention brought by national acts to launch bands that drew on influences outside the Nirvana-inspired sound then dominating pop. The bands themselves—Labradford, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Low—were not necessarily based in Chicago, but it was Chicago labels like kranky that had the ears and the infrastructure to do something with this new music. In this way, Chicago-shaped sounds reached the wider world, presaging the genre-blending music of the twenty-first century. From an author who helped create the scene and launched some of its best music, You’re with Stupid is a fascinating and entertaining read. 

About the author: Bruce Adams, who has worked in the music industry since 1988, is the co-founder of kranky records, which was established in Chicago in 1993. He left kranky in 2005 and continues to work in the industry.

About the interlocutor: Doug Mosurock has been harboring a devotion to independent music which bloomed around the time of the first kranky release by Labradford. Over the past 30 years, in Pittsburgh, New York City, Chicago and online, Doug has independently released records, written extensively about music via his blog Still Single as well as for NPR Music and many others, led discussion groups and panels, booked and promoted music venues, orchestrated DIY tours, served in A&R and music marketing capacities, hoarded vinyl and cassettes like someone with a real problem, and DJs whenever possible. He has been a regular DJ on WFMU (Jersey City) and WRCT (Pittsburgh), and has been hosting Heathen Disco on Chicago's CHIRP Radio 107.1fm on Sunday nights at 9pm CT for the past seven years.

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