Couch Wisdom

Frankie Knuckles

55 minsFirst aired 20 Nov 2018
Dan Wilton

The late house music pioneer takes us through his 40-year career, from New York to Chicago and back again, via the rest of the world.

The late, great Frankie Knuckles was best known as the godfather of house, but that only scrapes the surface. Born in the Bronx, he grew up during the early days of disco and was a regular at the Loft and the Gallery. He cut his DJ teeth with Larry Levan before heading off to Chicago, where he helped shape and design the Warehouse, the club that birthed and named house music before it conquered the world in the late ’80s. While in Chicago, he also spent time recording some of the greatest music ever to bear the name house. In this episode of Couch Wisdom recorded at the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy, this modern American legend, who tragically passed away in 2014, takes us through his 40-year career, from New York to Chicago and back again, via the rest of the world. This is the house that Frankie built.

Credits:

Interview by Jeff Mao
Produced by Jordan Rothlein
Engineered by JP del Mundo

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