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Welcome to Alligator Records
When I created Alligator Records, the very first promo piece to promote that very first Hound Dog Taylor album was headed "Genuine Houserockin' Music." That became our slogan, and we wear it proudly today. "Genuine" because the music we record is deeply rooted in the blues tradition (even when it pushes the standard definition of blues) and is created by musicians who have honed their songs not on synthesizers in their bedrooms, but in front of real audiences, responding to the emotional needs of their listeners. "House" instead of "theatre" or "arena" or "stadium," because our music is ultimately intimate, even when it's big and loud. It's not meant to be presented. It's meant to be shared between the musicians and the audience, like everyone at Florence's shared the music with Hound Dog Taylor. And "Rockin'" because it's designed to move you. Most of Alligator's records will move your feet or your body, but we've tried to make records that will move that other part of your soul. Sometimes that can mean music that cleanses your inner pain by pulling it out of you, the "hurts so good" that is so special to the blues. And sometimes it just means the pure release and fun of musicians pouring their energy into a great groove.
-Bruce Iglauer

Toronzo Cannon Performing The Chicago Way (Live on the WGN Midday News)

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John Cipollina/Nick Gravenites Band Live At Rockpalast - Dortmund 1980 DVD/2 CD SetJohn Cipollina/Nick Gravenites Band Live At Rockpalast - Dortmund 1980 DVD/2 CD Set
John Cipollina (1943-1989) made American Rock History as a co-founder of Quicksilver Messenger Service and Copperhead. A typical "Jam Area" musician, he played in a number of other bands, among them Terry And The Pirates, and worked with Huey Lewis and Robert Hunter ("Dark Star"), a member of the Grateful Dead who never joind the band on stage. And with Nick Gravenites: born in Chicago in 1938 and influenced by Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Howlin' Wolf and a friend of the great Paul Butterfield, ...

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