The Velvet Whip's Dan Ball, with fellow band member Henry Steinfort, has created "The Legendary Velvet Whip," a self-published book tracing the revolutionary counterculture Milwaukee band's short but important trajectory.
The first non-blues or R&B act signed by Chicago's iconic Chess Records was Milwaukee's The Baroques, who released exactly one LP. It's reissued this week for Black Friday Record Store day on electric tapioca yellow vinyl.
Sadly, little has been written about some of the most fertile periods in Milwaukee rock and roll history. Now, Steve Nodine, who was part of the scene during that era as a member of Dark Facade, has self-published "Cease is Increase: An Oral History of Milwaukee's Punk and Alternative Music Scene."
As we enter not only a new year, but also a new decade, it seemed like a good time to reflect on Milwaukee's musical past. Here is a list of 100 great bands and musicians who have created Milwaukee's musical landscape and -- in many cases -- helped the world at large appreciate the cream of the Cream City crop.