Plastic Crimewave featured in ROCKED & ROLLED


The Secret History of Chicago Music

Release Date: 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

ISM Location: 

For Immediate Release:

                                       ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM -LOCKPORT

                                          Contact:  John Lustig-Director



                                              Illinois State Museum presents

                                                          ROCKED & ROLLED


Featuring Artist Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow




{Lockport, Illinois, April 13, 2019} – {Illinois State Museum-Lockport} announces the next exhibition, ROCKED & ROLLED featuring music themed art, photography, sculpture installation and illustration from  seventy-two (72) emerging and established artists and photographers from Illinois. The artwork is being paired with geodes, minerals, and fossils from the Illinois State Museum Geology Collection. 


Featuring exhibiting Artist Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow a noted Chicago artist,  musician, and historian whose  drawings have been featured in the Chicago Reader under the banner of  “The Secret History of Chicago Music” and also on WGN Radio in Chicago.  This is his first viewing with the Illinois State Museum.


              Exhibition dates, May 1, 2019 through October 6, 2019

              OPENING RECEPTION Sunday MAY 5, 2019- 2:00pm until 4:00pm


Plastic Crimewave’s secret history is a combination of hard core research and a complete immersion into underground and popular comics.  The drawings exhibited demonstrate a direct process as intimate as any acoustic guitar solo.  This exhibition is a celebration of music through the eyes of art in direct conversation with the rocks, minerals and fossils from the world renowned Geology Collection of the Illinois State Museum.  We are seeking to elevate the material by contrasting the nature of earth’s explosive structure with the culturally defining music created in the last fifty (50) years.  Timeless rocks meet timeless rock stars!”  John Lustig-Director, Illinois State Museum-Lockport


                                     Curator for ROCKED & ROLLED

John Lustig                

Steve Krakow             



                                         Images are available by request.


                   ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM-LOCKPORT located at

                  201 W.10th Street, Norton Building-Lockport, Illinois, 60441

                         Public hours, W-F, 9:00 am until 5:00pm,

                         Saturday, Sunday from 11:00 am until 5:00pm

Contact Person: 

John Lustig

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History of Chicago Music

My Kind of Sound, The Secret History of Chicago Music-Compendeium by Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krackow.  Published by Curbside Splendor-Chicago 2015

Original pen and ink illustrations originally published in the Chicago Reader and featured in the book are on view in the ROCKED & ROLLED Exhibiton.

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