Join us at the legendary Rosa's Lounge at 3420 W Armitage Ave. for a free book reading and conversation between Alligator Records President and Founder Bruce Iglauer and Professor Patrick A. Roberts. They'll share stories of iconic musicians and Chicago legends from their new book Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Records Story. A Q&A and book signing will follow. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the event begins at 7:00 PM.
Bitten by the Blues is the story of the largest independent blues record label in the world, told by the person who knows it best—Bruce Iglauer, the label’s founder and president. It is a memoir of a life immersed in the blues and the business of the blues. Iglauer takes us behind the scenes, offering unforgettable stories of charismatic musicians and classic sessions, delivering an intimate and unvarnished look at what it’s like to work with the greats. It’s a vivid portrait of some of the extraordinary musicians and larger-than-life personalities who brought America’s music to life in the clubs of Chicago’s South and West Sides. Bitten by the Blues is also an expansive history of half a century of blues in Chicago and around the world.
"Blues and gospel have always been first cousins, and Bruce was as supportive and gracious to me as you could imagine, always willing to offer his insight and expertise. He's been a true friend of the blues and independent music."--Mavis Staples
"When I was about twenty years old, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers were my imaginary best friends. They were with me everywhere I went because I always had my portable CD player with me. I know for a fact I wouldn't be in this business if Bruce hadn't released those first two Hound Dog records. The fire Bruce captured on those records is the magic place I'm reaching for every time I'm in my studio."--Dan Auerbach, The Black Keys
Bruce Iglauer is president and founder of Alligator Records, the largest contemporary blues label in the world. He is also a cofounder of Living Blues magazine and a founder of the Chicago Blues Festival.
Patrick A. Roberts is associate professor in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University. He is the coauthor of Give ’Em Soul, Richard! Race, Radio, and Rhythm and Blues in Chicago.