The title refers to a 1908 boisterous Democratic Party fundraiser for the city's 1st Ward political machine. Chicago, from the 1893 to 1934, was indeed alive with raucous people, as well as reformers, and Chicago's Lollapalooza Days tells fascinating stories about the world-famous artists, writers, singers and musicians who drew, wrote, sang and played in Chicago, and how Chicago helped mother jazz, ragtime, and the blues. a great gfit book for Chicago lovers! We'll also have on hand two earlier books by Mr. Edwards: Chicago Entertainment: Between the Wars, 1919-1939 and Chicago: City of Flight. Mr. Edwards will be up at the front of the store to meet people and chat about his work from 10 - 12 noon today.
Historian Jim Edwards has authored three previous Chicago titles with Arcadia Publishing. He lives in Chicago's old 1st Ward, site of that crime, corruption, and chicanery so many years ago.
Chicago has been called by many names--that Toddlin' Town, the Windy City (for its politicians, not weather) and Chi-town, to name a few. Today, it might be called Lollapalooza Land after its fun-loving and somewhat rowdy summer fest. But this nickname tracks back to 1908's boisterous Democratic Party fundraiser for the city's 1st Ward political machine.