James Porter

James Porter is a Chicago-based writer who, in addition to previously being on staff at New City and Time Out magazines, has also freelanced for several different publications, including Down Beat, Living Blues, Roctober, Illinois Entertainer and the Chicago Reader. He is also the host of Hoodoo Party, a monthly radio show on Chicago’s WLUW-FM devoted to early rock ‘n’ roll. Porter is currently finishing a book called “Wild in the Streets: Tales from Rock & Roll’s Negro Leagues,” which should be published by Northwestern University Press in 2022. It deals with overlooked and underrated African-American rock musicians, a subject the author knows well, having played in rock ‘n’ roll bands when not meeting editorial deadlines.