If there was a Mt. Rushmore of house music, Frankie Knuckles would be the first face carved into eternity. The beloved Chicago house icon passed away in 2014, but thanks to the Frankie Knuckles Foundation and the Stony Island Arts Bank, the power of his record collection will live on.
Inspired to continue the legacy of Knuckles through some of his passions away from the decks--advocacy for AIDS health, homeless LGBTQ youths, and music in school--some of his old friends and scene veterans like Frederick Duncan and Joe Shanahan launched the Frankie Knuckles Foundation.
In collaboration with the Stony Island Arts Bank, led by Theaster Gates, you can now go and visit Frankie Knuckles' record collection. There, you can not only look at the actual records stained with the sweat of Knuckles himself. Many of these records have been there since 2017, but the above video from the FKF suggests there will be events where curated DJs will come and give some of these records a spin--and loud!
Stony Island Gates stated: “The collection is meant to be felt... Our hope is to attract world class DJs and local DJs, who are the scholars of house, and invite them to pump the music as hard as they can, to be in the spirit of Frankie Knuckles and share that with this neighborhood, our city and the world.”
More info as it comes on what looks to be an incredible opportunity to connect with the history and soul of dance music.