Medusa's on Sheffield, 1983-1992: Chicago's Alternative All-Ages Nightclub in History and Memory
Medusa’s, Chicago’s most well-known all-ages nightclub, provides a vibrant case study of how music venues have played a vital role in the longstanding relationship between young people and popular music. The club’s unusual mix of music (from post-punk to house) drew unconventional teenagers to its doors every weekend. While popular memory of Chicago’s ’80s-era youth culture is often conflated with depictions in John Hughes films, which were shot in the city’s suburbs, Medusa’s offers another vision. This analysis contextualizes Medusa’s within its sociohistorical milieu while emphasizing how a significant “alternative” music space is remembered by its former teenage patrons and young adult employees.
Popular Music and Society
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Urban Sociology and Community Studies