Maxwell Street - Paperback Book
"I know a Jew fish crier down on Maxwell Street with a voice like a north wind blowing over corn stubble in January...His face is that of a man terribly glad..that God made fish, and customers to whom he may call his wares from a pushcart."--Carl Sandburg, from Chicago Poems, 1916.
"Maxwell Street preserved old world culture, whether from the Ukraine, Mexico or Mississippi. A grassroots avenue for survival got created there for immigrants and poor people. Its existence, though old and weary, gives meaning to our daily living and working in Chicago."--Studs Terkel, broadcaster, oral historian, & author.
"Maxwell Street became the Ellis Island of the Midwest for 100 years. Other market streets existed, but Maxwell Street was the biggest and brassiest, combining a kaleidoscope of races and religions, of businessmen, hustlers and musicians. It was a national treasure."--Ira Berkow, New York Times columnist & author of Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar.
"Maxwell Street was a shopping and amusement center. The guys that played [there] in the 1940s, [myself], Moody Jones, Floyd Jones, Little Walter - we built the road for the blues in Chicago for Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and all the rest. We were the pioneers of the blues."--Jimmie Lee Robinson, Chicago blues musician.
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