Haymarket Square (band)

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Haymarket Square
GenresPsychedelic rock
Years active1967–1974
Past membersGloria Lambert
Marc Swenson
Robert Homa
John Kowalski
Ken Pitlik
Robert Miller

Haymarket Square was a Chicago-based psychedelic rock band in the late 1960s and early 1970s.[1] Their album, Magic Lantern, released in 1968, was pressed in an edition of 80 - 100 copies, and despite its rarity is well considered by fans of psychedelic rock music even today.[2][3] The music of the album was used to accompany the Baron and Bailey Light Circus at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Magic Lantern was reissued on CD by in 2001.


In 1967, drummer John Kowalski and guitarist Bob Homa were in a Chicago-area garage band called the Real Things. When the Real Things broke up, they decided to form a new band, and placed ads in several newspapers, seeking additional musicians. On the strength of their auditions, Marc Swenson became the lead guitarist, and Gloria Lambert the lead vocalist. Homa switched from guitar to bass.[4]

The new band named themselves Haymarket Square, a reference to the 1886 Haymarket Square Riot. They soon became popular and played at various venues in the Chicago area. They performed on the same bill as more well-known groups, including the Yardbirds and Cream.[1] In 1968, they played as part of the Baron and Bailey Light Circus, a sound and light show that was produced by two college professors, and which was performed at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.[1] Later that year, the band's only album, Magic Lantern, was released by Chaparral Records, but not put on general sale, instead being used for promotion and handed out to some MCA visitors.

After the recording of Magic Lantern, Homa left the band, and was replaced by bassist Ken Pitlik. Robert Miller joined the band and played rhythm guitar. This reconfigured lineup stayed together until Haymarket Square disbanded in 1974.[4]

Gloria Lambert and Marc Swenson married, had two sons, and subsequently divorced.[4] Lambert works at a high school in Wisconsin as a Spanish and English teacher. Bob Homa received his bachelor's degree in architecture and has spent most of his career managing projects in shopping mall development and renovation.

Magic Lantern[]

Magic Lantern
Monochrome photo of the band and some vegetation, with a red background
Studio album by
Haymarket Square
GenrePsychedelic rock
ProducerHaymarket Square

Critical reception[]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[2]

On Allmusic, Dean McFarlane wrote, "From the opening cut, it is fairly apparent why the original album is so sought after — Magic Lantern is as fine a display of American psychedelia as late-'60s albums by It's a Beautiful Day and Jefferson Airplane. This will appeal to fans of the fuzzed-out guitar antics of Cream and Blue Cheer."[2]

Track listing[]

Side 1

  1. "Elevator" (Gloria Lambert) – 7:06
  2. "Train Kept A-Rollin' (Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann) – 7:20
  3. "Ahimsa" (Marc Swenson, John Kowalski, Robert Homa) – 8:14

Side 2

  1. "Amapola" (Swenson) – 10:43
  2. "Phantasmagoria" (Lambert) – 4:08
  3. "Funeral" (Lambert) – 9:23


Haymarket Square[]

  • Gloria Lambert – vocals
  • Marc Swenson – guitar, vocals
  • Robert Homa – bass, vocals
  • John Kowalski – drums


  • Recording engineer – Laddie Oleson
  • Photography – Bill Bailey, Bill Baron, Gerald Wenner
  • Management – Dan Kovacevic
  • Equipment manager – John Rantz


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c Swihart, Stanton. Haymarket Square at AllMusic. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c McFarlane, Dean. Magic Lantern at AllMusic. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Magic Lantern at Music Station. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b c Kowalski, John (August 2001). Magic Lantern CD liner notes: "The Story of Haymarket Square".
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