‘Barbershop’ producer to make movie on Frankie Knuckles


Just in from the Chicago Tribune, Robert Teitel (the man behind the Barbershop series) is set to team up with notable names in Chicago’s club scene to realise a feature-length film on the city’s house music culture during the 70s and 80s. Inevitably, this conception is teamed with the godfather of Chicago house, Frankie Knuckles, as a protagonist.

Following Knuckles’ death last year, little has been done on a large scale to acknowledge the loss of one of dance music’s most valuable players. Many fans were left somewhat irked when a meagre tribute was paid to the death of an authentic name like Knuckles at the Grammys, after Clean Bandit had been awarded Best Dance Recording. But this film could be a step in the right direction.

Teitel told the Tribune that the movie will pay its respects to the life story of The Warehouse [the club where house music took root] owner Robert Williams, and the legacy of Knuckles’ timeless artistry. A true homage to a lifetime of work and game-changing music, and a fitting way to pay artistic tribute to the house that Knuckles built.

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