Chicago House Music Oral History Project
 
Interview with Robert Williams

Authors

Micah Salkind

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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.

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Columbia College Chicago

City

Chicago

Keywords

House Music, Chicago, Illinois, promoter, The Warehouse, Frankie Knuckles, US Studios, The Music Box, Ron Hardy

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Disciplines

African American Studies | Gender and Sexuality | History | Latina/o Studies | Music | Regional Sociology

Comments

This interview is part of the Chicago House Music Oral History Project held at Columbia College Chicago and was captured for Do You Remember House? Chicago's Queer of Color Undergrounds authored by Micah Salkind and published in 2019. The work integrates histories of music, production, DJing, dance, fashion, and slang and addresses movements that led to the development of Chicago's house music.

Interview with Robert Williams

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