Roughly 5,000 vinyl records now sit on the third floor of the Stony Island Trust & Savings Bank Building in Chicago. The collection is filled with timeless classics, but what's even more special about this collection is who they belonged to.
The late Frankie Knuckles passed away on March 31st, 2014 at the age of 59. He began DJing in the late '70s and would pioneer a genre that would lay the foundation for the future of dance music.
House, as it would be called, is the backbone to a counter-culture that dwelled in the underground in Chicago. Soon clubs all around the country would pick up on the sound, such as Detroit and New York City. Frankie Knuckles was a pivotal figure in those early years and his influence made a lasting impression on the scene.
Now, over a year after his passing, his record collection will be on display for the public. If you want to get inside the mind of the iconic producer and DJ, spend some time with his record collection and feel how he felt when he put that stylus into the vinyl's groove.
20 year old Cornell Junior, Gaylord Minett has already gotten the chance to spend time with the collection. "I couldn't believe that I actually had the honor of handling the records," he says. "I found the aura of history radiating from these ordinary-looking objects similarly heady, even a little intimidating." The historical value of the collection is not up for debate, they are in many ways priceless. "The knowledge that Frankie handled these records, and that he used at least some of them at the Warehouse and later at the Power Plant," Minett declares, "gives them immeasurable value."
The Stony Island Arts Bank opening party will be held at 6760 S. Stony Island on October 3rd from 5-8 PM and will be free to the public.
(Source: Chicago Reader)