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Legendary promoter who, along with Frankie Knuckles as his DJ, established Chicago’s prototypical house music venue, The Warehouse. Robert Williams came of age in New York City’s underground discotheques before moving to Chicago and working with the US Studios collective who had been attempting to translate that New York energy for Chicago audiences. After Williams parted ways with the group, he created some of the City’s most beloved juice bars, including the Music Box, where he established Ron Hardy as one of Chicago’s top house music DJs.
Columbia College Chicago
House Music, Chicago, Illinois, promoter, The Warehouse, Frankie Knuckles, US Studios, The Music Box, Ron Hardy
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African American Studies | Gender and Sexuality | History | Latina/o Studies | Music | Regional Sociology
Salkind, Micah, "Interview with Robert Williams" (2014). Chicago House Music Oral History Project. 45.