Flip through your iTunes library right now and choose your top ten favorite classic rock songs of all time. Your music library is full of the same iconic rock bands as the rest of civilization — from Zeppelin to Van Halen to the Beatles, Cream and Petty and his heartbreakers. Toss a few of your absolute favorites into a mini-mix for this coming weekend.
Now, grab some ear shakers from current bands. Whatever you’ve got — The Black Keyes, Vampire Weekend, any of the hundred Jack White-fronted bands, Twenty One Pilots, hell pick ANY band in your library. Any band, any album, from any year 1950 until right this very second and the music and sounds can be traced to the city of Chicago. Even if they’ve never been there, played there, strummed a guitar in the city limits or can spell the city correctly, whether they know it or not, every rock band owes a bit of gratitude to the pioneers of the Chicago blues movement.