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Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago (2016)

The history of legendary rock band Chicago is chronicled from their inception in 1967 all the way to the present.

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Peter Curtis Pardini (as Peter Pardini)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Loughnane ... Self
Robert Lamm ... Self
Walter Parazaider ... Self
James Pankow ... Self (as Jimmy Pankow)
Danny Seraphine Danny Seraphine ... Self
Peter Cetera ... Self (archive footage)
Terry Kath Terry Kath ... Self (archive footage)
Peter Schivarelli Peter Schivarelli ... Self
James William Guercio James William Guercio ... Self (archive footage)
Jason Scheff ... Self
Don Dacus Don Dacus ... Self (archive footage)
Tris Imboden Tris Imboden ... Self
Bill Champlin ... Self (archive footage)
David Foster ... Self
Keith Howland Keith Howland ... Self
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A profile of the rock band Chicago - originally called the Chicago Transit Authority - from their inception in 1967 to present day is presented. Constants over the entire course of their existence are wanting to be comprised of the best musicians, initially all from their native Chicago (hence the name), and the democracy of sorts which ruled the way they operate as a group. That democracy meant that no one person was ever to be known as the front man, each band member was treated equally - which further meant that the contributions of each person was considered of and treated as equal value even if it didn't meet the sensibility of some - and each band member was meant to contribute to the best of his ability. After the struggles of being a club band to their initial success finally able to crack airplay on AM radio, they became known as the rare breed of a horn band i.e. that equally featured the horn section unlike most bands of the era solely featuring guitars and/or keyboards. ... Written by Huggo

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The "Billboard" chart images used to show the positions of the various Chicago hit songs are apparently created for the documentary. They all include many songs from the late 60s and early 70s despite referring to songs that charted in the 80s. See more »

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Fantastic, balanced and truthful story of the band
1 January 2017 | by stevenp-59614See all my reviews

Well edited and fun story about America's greatest rock band. Covers their birth and heyday extensively. Fairly discusses their troubles after the death of Terry Kath.

It is also completely accurate in the discussion of Peter Cetera. Although his voice was key to many of their hits, including some of their biggest sellers, he was not a driving force of the band, and if anything is a major reason why it took them so long to get into the Rock Hall. He took them from being a great rock band and made them into Toto.

Champlin was with them during their least successful period and no Chicago fan barely even knows who he was.

It would have been nice to have a bit more about their lean years, since they still toured, or something about their recent albums, but in all honesty, what makes them great is their early work anyway, for which alone they are better than most of the acts that got into the Rock Hall before them.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2019 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Now More Than Ever: La storia dei Chicago See more »

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