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The Empty Bottle Chicago Playlists

We are pleased to announce The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music / Friendly / Dancing is now available in stores! This collection of photographs, interviews, and essays culled from a community of music fans, bartenders, booking agents, bouncers, and underground musicians tells the history of the influential hole-in-the-wall rock venue, the Empty Bottlenamed one of "The Best Rock Clubs in America" by Rolling Stone.

photo by Clayton Hauck

photo by Clayton Hauck

See what people are saying about it:

"The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music/Friendly/Dancing [documents] the history of the club that helped a generation of Chicago’s indie scene make a name for themselves in the 1990s and then kept on going for the next generation."
The Guardian

"Dugan’s specific subject may be Finkelman’s long-running club on Western Avenue, with its famous “Music/Friendly/Dancing” awning and always-busy bar. But the interviews with veteran club staffers, music lovers, and musicians [...] join with the incredible photos [...] to document and celebrate the broader point above: Music is a unifying community, and intimate clubs like the Bottle are its heart and soul. Long may it and all the others in town thrive."

Editor John Dugan has compiled a series of playlists of the year's best music from 1993 — 2001. Featuring Empty Bottle-hosted bands and others, join us on this '90s indie rock nostalgia trip: