First, I would like to direct your attention to this interview with Aaron Cohen about his 33 1/3 on Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace from the always excellent Soul Sides blog. If you are familiar with Soul Sides, you already know that it’s top notch. Do check it out.
Book launch at the Chicago Cultural Center at 2:00pm
78 E. Washington, Chicago
Along with a short multimedia presentation on Aretha and this crucial recording, the author will host a roundtable/performance with some of Chicago’s gospel royalty whose legacy shaped this album. Honored guests will include members of the Gay Family (Franklin covered the Gay Sisters’ 1950 hit “God Will Take Care Of You” on “Amazing Grace”) and Inez Andrews from The Caravans (Franklin’s rendition of Andrews’ version of “Mary, Don’t You Weep” was so close to hers, that Inez received songwriting credit on “Amazing Grace”).
DJ set at Maria’s Bar
960 W. 31st, Chicago
Set list including The Queen, her own sisters (Erma and Carolyn) and a host of stellar women from the great era of r&b and funk—Ruby Andrews, Bettye LaVette, Tammi Terrell, Betty Wright, Little Ann, Vicki Anderson, Loleatta Holloway, and so many more…
Reading/signing at Barbes
376 9th Street, Brooklyn
Featuring Amanda Petrusich, author of the 33 1/3 on Nick Drake’s Pink Moon.
Ethnoise Ethnomusicology Workshop
University of Chicago in Goodspeed Hall at 4:30pm
Reading/signing at Book Cellar
4736 N. Lincoln, Chicago