South Side Chicago Nightclubs: 1975-77

Get an inside glimpse at mid-'70s nightlife on the South Side.

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Chicago's South Side nightclub scene had a distinct flavor and feel in the mid-'70s.
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Michael Abramson was a photography student at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and between 1975-77, he started hanging out in the mostly black nightclubs in the area.
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But instead of the bands on stage or the DJs, Abramson focused his lens on the colorful characters in the crowd.
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The images are now available in the book "Light: On the South Side," just released by Chicago's Numero Group, who specialize in bringing rare recordings, films, and photography out of obscurity.
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Abramson visited legendary South Side clubs such as Perv's House, Pepper's Hideout, The High Chaparral, The Patio Lounge, and The Showcase Lounge to gather his photos.
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Abramson, who still lives in Chicago, is a respected photographer who has shot for publications such as Time magazine.
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