Wilderness Road (band)

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Wilderness Road (band)
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
Years active1968 (1968)–1973 (1973)
reunited briefly in 1988[1]
Associated actsSha Na Na

Wilderness Road was a rock band founded in 1968 by musicians Warren Leming, Nate Herman, and relatives Andy and Tom Haban.[3][4][5] The group, which performed an elaborate stage show, drew on American folklore, and was active in the Anti-War, and Peace Movements of the late Sixties and early Seventies central to Chicago's counterculture movement of the period.

Wilderness Road released two albums, Wilderness Road and Sold for the Prevention of Disease Only,[6] and the group was originally formed to raise money for the Chicago Seven.[7] The band also held staged events in the early 1970s such as the "Passover-Easter Spectacular" and "The Last Brunch",[8] and also made commercials for places like "Spinoza's Torah Center".[9]


  • Warren Leming
  • Nate Herman
  • Andy Haban
  • Tom Haban

Past sidemen[edit]

Lou Henslee, Doug Kassel, Louis Ross, Bob Hoban (now with Rodney Carrington), Stuart Klawans (the Nation's film critic), Rawl Hardman, and Ric Mann all performed with the Road: and Herman, Hoban and Leming went on to produce The Unsung Story of Rock and Roll (for National Public Radio), and featuring friends John Prine and Steve Goodman.



Critiques of the band's performance and history are to be found in Rolling Stone (Paul Nelson), Chicago Tribune (Lynn Van Matre, Bruce Vilanch, Dick Cheverton), Chicago Daily News (Jack Haffercamp), Playboy Magazine (David Standish), Creem (Dave Marsh), Chicago Seed (Eliot Wald, Abe Peck), Music Magazine, Variety, Billboard, East Village Other (Robert Rudnick), and the many "underground" papers of the period. Band member Warren Leming published a comic book "Snuk Comics", which featured the work of Leming and fellow band member Nate Herman, illustrated by underground comic legend Skip Williamson. The comic has since become a widely sought after collectors item. Leming also wrote a series of essays,songs, and a play Cold Chicago, which has been published by Charles H.Kerr, the oldest surviving radical press in the United States.


  1. ^ Hoekstra, Dave (March 11, 1988). "Dave's Dawn Patrol". Chicago Sun-Times (subscription required). Archived from the original on March 30, 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Traffic, Wilderness Road". Billboard. 1970-11-21. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  3. ^ Crawford, Wayne (November 2, 1970). "Wilderness Road a Groove". Chicago Daily News. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  4. ^ Milano, Dean (2009). The Chicago Music Scene: 1960s and 1970s. Arcadia Publishing. p. 115. ISBN 9780738577296. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  5. ^ Satire Series Set. Billboard. Feb 22, 1975. p. 33. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  6. ^ Caro, Mark. "Wilderness Road Back In Studio After 15-year Break". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  7. ^ Hoekstra, Dave (August 7, 1992). "Gilded Age Returns, Wicker Park Style". Chicago Sun-Times (subscription required). Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  8. ^ Tucker, Ernest (April 21, 1989). "Herman returns to Second City". Chicago Sun-Times (subscription required). Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  9. ^ Eliott, David (February 6, 1971). "Happiness is a Rocky Road". Chicago Daily News. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  10. ^ Nelson, Paul (August 1971). "The Paul Nelson, Rolling Stone Review of Wilderness Road". Rolling Stone (via Welcome to the Wilderness. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Wilderness Road (review)" (Vol 262, issue 1). Variety. February 17, 1971. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  12. ^ Townley, Ray (September 1971). "For Prevention Only (review)". Chicago Daily News. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Sold for Preventipn of Disease (review)". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 September 2014.

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