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About "Life In Wartime" by Johnny Ace
“Life in Wartime: Chicago, 1943”

“On Chicago’s Southside, war workers and soldiers on leave danced ‘til dawn at ‘rent’ parties that cost a quarter and provided beer, wings and catfish sandwiches. The music was live and might include local legends like Howlin’Wolf and Big Bill Broonzy or a new fellow just up from Mississippi called Muddy Waters. A generation later their music helped make a new American revolution but by that time a front row seat cost a week’s salary and there wasn’t a catfish sandwich in sight. Things were better in the Old Days.”

Who’s at the “Rent Party”

Jack Johnson - Boom Boom Carter
Big Bill Broonzy - Muddy Waters
Joe Louis - Howlin’ Wolf - Langston Hughes
Billie Holiday - Fats Waller
Cab Calloway - Bill Robinson (Bojangles)

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