There are a ton of things going on in Chicago today as Oscar Arriola will tell you on his awesome Fotoflow blog (custom low-riders show in Pilsen!), but I’m just going to do a quick post here about a show in Logan Square that will feature a ton of rad rave flyers from 1992 to 2001 — “Eternity: The Rave and Club Flyer Collection of Bridgette Buckley” is from 5-9pm at The Storefront, 2606 N California. Buckley started collecting these little paper critters after her first rave in Boulder, and will be spinning tunes from the time.
Be ready to hang out — if it’s anything like the last thing that Marc Fischer from Public Collectors held at this space, there’ll be a lot to comb through and listen to, and people to talk to. See, the whole idea of Public Collectors is that we each have a ton of cool material — music, zines, flyers — that represent a part in history, but never make it into any kind of museum or anything for other people to enjoy (besides your friends, who maybe don’t even appreciate how cool your stuff is anyway!). So Fischer sets up these gatherings where people can check out each other’s collections.
Last week, he laid out his own underground fanzine collection from the 80s and early 90s. And there was a ton of old cassettes that you could play! from Husker Du to the Beastie Boys to Bad Brains to the Descendents — here’s a cool little video I took.
He even had a zine that Jim DeRogatis did back in the day — “Reasons for Living” in New Jersey — and a ton of other zines that featured gritty band images and simple interviews (one zine had an interview with Husker Du, and it started out with Bob Mould and Greg Norton talking about how they’re from Minnesota and how people would go out and get birchwood from the forest to burn in their fireplaces)…this was a big way people found out about the music and bands they loved pre-Internet. Thank you zines and zine makers.