In an interactive teach-in Chicago M.C. and Arts + Public Life artist-in-residence, Aquil Charlton, will disclose his research on the music of rebel singer-songwriter Eugene “Gene” McDaniels and its subsequent impact on generations of listeners, artists, and activists. Audience members will enjoy a multimedia cultural experience spanning video, vinyl and photos. Concluding the session is a performance by Aquil, aka NOGAF, featuring Marvin Tate, of works inspired by music from McDaniels’ Atlantic Records catalog. *Food and beverages will be served*
Singer-songwriter Eugene “Gene” McDaniels enjoyed great success throughout the 1960’s, charting several hit records. His career took a sharp turn after the release of two controversial albums on Atlantic Records: Outlaw (1970) and Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse (1971). McDaniels lyrics on these critically acclaimed albums are so politically charged that when President Nixon heard the song “Parasite” he had the Vice President call the record label. As a result, Atlantic Records took the albums out of print.
Fast forward to the ‘90s: Prolific hip hop producers Prince Paul and Q-Tip of Native Tongues sampled music from the Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse album, bringing McDaniels’ subversive songwriting to the awareness of urban youth through hip hop production.
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