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Steve Krakow celebrates the release of his Secret History of Chicago Music book 

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click to enlarge Secret History creator Plastic Crimewave, aka Steve Krakow, as drawn by his own (apparently magical) hand - COURTESY THE ARTIST
  • Secret History creator Plastic Crimewave, aka Steve Krakow, as drawn by his own (apparently magical) hand
  • Courtesy the artist

Shortly after I took over as the Reader's music editor in April 2004, I started working with Plastic Crimewave—aka Chicago musician, label head, promoter, illustrator, and zine author Steve Krakow—to debut the Secret History of Chicago Music, a hand-drawn and hand-lettered single-frame comic devoted to "pivotal Chicago musicians that somehow have not gotten their just dues," in the words of Krakow's tagline.

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