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Graphic novel Boilerplate, soul singer Reginald Torian, and Milan Kundera's The Farewell Party

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Hermene Hartman, editor in chief and publisher of N'Digo magazine is feeling nostalgic about:

The south-side music scene Last Sunday, Reginald Torian, the lead singer for the legendary group the Impressions, released a new tune, "Woke From a Dream." It premiered on Rick Odell's program dedicated to Chicago music. Mr. Torian's voice is a smooth falsetto reflective of Curtis Mayfield. I thought about how the "soul sound" that originated in Chicago—with Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Buddy Guy, Gene Barge, Lou Rawls, Etta James—is often confused with Detroit's Motown. It made me think about the clubs that used to be on the south side that the guys like Mick Jagger visited to learn from the Chicago greats. Jagger visited Theresa's Lounge and recorded at Paul Serrano's studio on 23rd Street. He gained voice and moves. Where did the clubs of yesterday go and will they ever come back? I miss the record stores and the jocks introducing new music and the blue-light parties where you listened to your jams. Where did it go? Why did it leave?

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