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Malachi Ritscher free PDF publication

A free 16 page PDF has been published about Malachi Ritscher, the Chicago jazz expert who killed himself in an act of self immolation in protest at the war in Iraq in 2006. The extended essay was written by Chicago journalist Mark Fischer, with contributions and help from others.

Ritscher was, among other things, a dedicated documenter of the city’s jazz and experimental music from the early 1990s until his death, and recorded audio at two of The Wire's festivals at The Empty Bottle.

Download the PDF here.