Hi my name is Mike Beyer operating online since 2007 as MindsiMedia. One of the slogans Iv'd used over the years is "third eye for the human race". Which means there's not some little niche I fit into. I'm interested in movies, politics, history, music. You can say I'm a cultural historian of the 20th century. To fully explore my world beyond this blog visit the web portal at. http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Wicker Park is a hip community on
Chicago's north side and every summer they have their annual street
party/festival. There is always a lot of good times, food, drink,
people and music. One of the highlights of 2013 fest was a rare
appearance by legendary psychedelic pioneer Roky Erickson. In 1966 he
was a founding member of the Austin Texas band 13th Floor Elevators
when he coined the term psychedelic rock. Their first 45 produced the
bands biggest hit "Your Gonna Miss Me". Which Roky played
as the finale of Sunday night's show.
Uploaded by ChiTownView on Jul 28,
2013 It was 1930 the heart of the
depression and the poor and needy in Chicago were suffering like tens
of millions across the country. Meanwhile Al Capone as part of the
fallout from the St. Valentines Day Massacre had the Feds on his
tail. They were determined to see him behind bars and were getting
close so it was time for some good publicity.
One of the poorest and crime ridden sections of the city was in
the south loop. It was also part of the turf of the Capone gang.
Scarface decided to do what the government at the time wasn't, feed
the poor. So in 1930 he opened a soup kitchen at 935 S. State and
began serving the needy using food generously “donated” by local
merchants Al fed an average of a thousand people a night. On
Thanksgiving day that year 5,000 hungry souls dinned.
my research for this story I kept thinking about “Robin & the
Seven Hoods”. A 1964 rat pack musical comedy set in the roaring
20's Chicago gangster world. It's a delightful film with a true all
star cast featuring; Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin,
Bing Crosby, Peter Falk, Victor Buono & Edward G. Robinson. The
music was by Nelson Riddle and featured the Oscar nominated song “My
Kind Of Town”
The story is fictional and bears no resemblance to the actual
events of that time. It takes the outline of the events of the time
as a starting point for their story. In the case of Capone's soup
kitchen we see that turn up in the film when good guy Bing Crosby
convinces Frank Sinatra that he could get some badly needed good
publicity by helping the poor. So Robbo (Frank's character) starts a
string of soup kitchens.
It's a movie well worth checking out. To read more about this film
and it's troubled making, JFK was assassinated and Sinatra's son was
kidnapped during the shooting, check out this link from TurnerClassic Movies.
Following the termination of our MindsiMedia & Chicago Rock1 You Tube stations we lost a large part of our musical library. We have begun reposting them on at MindsiMedia.info our web site on a page we are calling Mikes Diggs. We open with three sets of videos & stories about the Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix,Lionel Hampton and many others. Stay tuned for further uploads.
For more videos and the stories behind them check out Mikes Diggs
When Earl Hooker was released from the
hospital following treatment for TB he assembled a new band and began
touring. He was also signed to Arhoolie records on the recommendation
of Buddy Guy. This Cd includes that original LP plus some additional
material. Including three tracks recorded for Sun records in 1953.
This is a first rate disc and well
worth picking up. Earl plays with a jazzy, swing style like his
mentor T-Bone Walker. All the tracks are first rate. My favorites
include; Two Bugs & A Roach, Wah Wah Blues, Sweet Black Angle &
Guitar Rag. While it wasn't a million seller this LP did sell good
and was well received. It gave his career a boost and he was on his
way to getting the recognition he deserved when he succumbed to the
tuberculosis in early 1970.
Here is another new upload from ChiTownView, found on You Tube. It is new addition to our series "Chicago Crime Now & Then". It's a series of videos that offer an organized history of organized crime in the windy city.
In 1928 the war between Al
Capone and Bugs Moran was entering it's fourth year. It was a bloody
battle that had claimed many lives on both sides of town. The Capone
mob seemed to be winning. They had already taken out Hymie Wiess &Dion O'Bannion the two previous leaders of the north side gang. In
response there had been attempts but no successful hits against
Johnny Torrio or his eir Al Capone. Moran had put up a $50,000
nationwide contract to take Al out.
The northsiders were also
going after those around Capone. They kidnnapped tortured and killed
his driver. And they also had their sights set on Capones number one
gun Jack McGurn. On March 7th 1928 they thought they had
him because on that day Machinegun Jack McGurn was in the smokeshop
of the old McCormick hotel. He was talking with a real estate
operator named Nick Mastro. All of a sudden a car pulled up to the
curb and out sprung the Gusenberg brothers two top torpedos for the
north side Moran gang. One armed with a tommy gun and the other a
As a hail of lead filled the
air McGurn threw himself against a partition. The gunmen hurridly
left without making sure their target was dead. Jack was seriously
wounded but managed to flee the scene. Mastro was also shot but
stablized by a doctor at the hotel.Who sent him to Henrotin hospital
to treat his wounds.
Later the same doctor was called to
room where a man was said to be bleeding to death. The man was McGurn
who had been shot in the chest and arm. He was also rushed to the
One of the myths that
have grown up around this incident is that Jack was in a phone booth
when the shooting began. This appears to be a bit of Hollywood
fiction that has become confused with fact. There was also
speculation that this hit was in response to McGurns alleged attack
on comedian Joe E. Lewis. What we do know is that the Gusenberg
brothers would both be killed less than a year later in the St
Valentines Day Massacre.
The river north area of
Chicago is host to a lot of popular spots;Harry Carey's, the Hard
Rock, Rain Forest Cafe, the "rock & roll" McDonald's
and this stone edifice at 632 north Dearborn. For the past thirty
years it has been a series of trendy nightclubs like Limelight,
Excalibur and now The Castle. It was built in the 1890's to house the
Chicago Historical Society. A fireproof replacement for the original
which burned down in the great Chicago fire in 1874.It's a cold, dark
imposing structure that is not surprisingly reputed to be haunted.
Perhaps for good reason
because among it's displays were the bones of Chicago's first murder
victim. Jean Lalime who was one of Chicago's first settlers. He at
one time lived in the home of the cities first resident, Haitian
Jean-Baptiste Point du Sable. John Kinzie, another early Chicagoan,
bought the house and land du Sable owned. Lalime stayed around to
work at Fort Dearborn as a translator, and spy investigating
corruption.. It is not known if Kinzie killed him because of a
dispute over du Sable's house or Lalime's undercover work.
Now the building only
housed the historical society until the 1930's before they moved
further north to Lincoln Park. It then spent the next fifty years as
a church, stores and offices. During that time a young lawyer
committed suicide and it has been said that his spirit also walks the
It wasn't until after
the building was redeveloped as a nightclub that it was discovered
there were nocturnal spirits in residence. Cold spots, strange
noises, ghostly lights and mysterious people wandering around. Other
then the customers and workers were talking ghostly manifestations. I
worked there during the 80's when it was Limelight and while I didn't
see or hear anything "supernatural" there were some mighty
odd cold spots.
The background sound “deep
under” by Poot was found at freesound.org