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Heaven Was Detroit
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Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip Hop and Beyond is the first of its kind to capture the full spectrum of Detroit popular music from the early 1900s to the twenty-first century. Readers will find in this unique and stimulating anthology new essays, and a few classics, by widely known and respected music writers, critics, and recording artists who weigh in on their careers and experiences in the Detroit music scene, from rock to jazz and everything in between. With a foreword by the acclaimed rock writer Dave Marsh and iconic photos by Leni Sinclair, the book features such well-known writers as Greil Marcus, Jaan Uhelszki, Al Young, Susan Whitall, Gary Graff, John Sinclair, and many others. Divided into nine sections, the book moves chronologically through the early days of jazz in Detroit, to the rock 'n' roll of the 1960s, and up to today's electronica scene, with so many groundbreaking moments in between. This collection of cohesive essays includes Motown's connection to the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement through its side label, Black Forum Records; Lester Bangs's exemplary piece on Alice Cooper; the story behind the emergence of rap legend Eminem; and Craig Maki's enlightening history on "hillbilly rock" - just to name a few. With a rich musical tradition to rival Nashville, Detroit serves as the inspiration, backdrop, and playground for some of the most influential music artists of the past century. Heaven Was Detroit captures the essence of the Detroit music scene: the grit, the spark, the desire to tell a story set to the rhythm of the city. Fans of any music genre will find something that speaks to them in the pages of this collection.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-ix
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  1. Foreword
  2. Dave Marsh
  3. pp. x-xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. M. L. Liebler
  3. pp. xiv-xvii
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  1. 1. Detroıt Jazz
  1. A Top-Down Motown Bebop Pubescence: Twelve Takes
  2. Al Young
  3. pp. 1-7
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  1. Bebop in Detroit: Nights at the Blue Bird Inn
  2. Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert
  3. pp. 8-12
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  1. The Donald Byrd–Pepper Adams Quintet: Jazz in Detroit, 1958–61
  2. Gary Carner
  3. pp. 13-19
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  1. Teddy Harris: A Jazz Man in Motown
  2. Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert
  3. pp. 20-26
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  1. Rebirth of Tribe
  2. Larry Gabriel
  3. pp. 27-38
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  1. Strata Records
  2. John Sinclair
  3. pp. 39-44
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  1. Roy Brooks: Detroit Downbeat
  2. Bill Harris
  3. pp. 45-46
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  1. Musician Interrupted: Faruq Z. Bey
  2. W. Kim Heron
  3. pp. 47-59
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  1. 2. Detroit Blues
  1. Alberta, Alberta: The Alberta Adams Story
  2. R. J. Spangler
  3. pp. 63-66
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  1. John Lee Hooker and Joe Von Battle: No Magic, Just Men
  2. Marsha Music
  3. pp. 67-69
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  1. Searching for the Son: Delta Blues Legend Son House in Detroit
  2. Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr.
  3. pp. 70-78
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  1. Johnnie Bassett: Cadillac Bluesman from the Motor City
  2. John Sinclair
  3. pp. 79-91
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  1. Motor City Blues through the Ages
  2. John Sinclair
  3. pp. 92-95
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  1. 3. Early Detroit Soul: The Pre-Motown Sounds
  1. Fortune Records for Truly Great Music
  2. S. R. Boland
  3. pp. 98-112
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  1. Nathaniel Mayer in the Twenty-First Century
  2. Matthew Smith
  3. pp. 113-116
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  1. Back in Detroit City with Andre Williams
  2. Matthew Smith
  3. pp. 117-121
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  1. Jack Scott: Detroit’s Unsung Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer
  2. S. R. Boland
  3. pp. 122-128
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  1. Two Detroit Music Icons and Two Classic Theaters: Artie Fields and Harry Balk
  2. Joel Martin
  3. pp. 129-131
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  1. Nine Times out of Ten: The Clix Records Story
  2. Michael Hurtt
  3. pp. 132-139
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  1. 4. Motown: The Sound of Young America
  1. The Story of Hitsville: Motown Days
  2. Gary Graff
  3. pp. 142-156
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  1. For Beans: Written on the Occasion of the Funeral Service for Dr. Thomas “Beans” Bowles Sr., February 5, 2000, at Central United Methodist Church
  2. Bill Harris
  3. pp. 157-159
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  1. Half a Mile from Heaven: The Love Songs of Motown
  2. Herb Jordan
  3. pp. 160-167
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  1. Waiting for Smokey Robinson
  2. Melba Joyce Boyd
  3. pp. 168-176
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  1. Flo Ballard: The Love Supreme
  2. Peter Benjaminson
  3. pp. 177-182
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  1. Mary Wells, “My Guy,” and the Queen of Motown
  2. Peter Benjaminson
  3. pp. 183-190
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  1. An Elegant Equation: Changing World, Changing Motown
  2. Herb Jordan
  3. pp. 191-196
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  1. The Revolution Will Be Recorded: Black Forum Records: Detroit Rarity of the Revolution
  2. Pat Thomas
  3. pp. 197-200
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  1. Excerpt from What’s Going On: Marvin Gaye and the Last Days of the Motown Sound
  2. Ben Edmonds
  3. pp. 201-208
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  1. The Motortown Revues: An Edited Excerpt from The Story of Motown
  2. Peter Benjaminson
  3. pp. 209-214
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  1. Detroit, My Detroit
  2. Susan Whitall
  3. pp. 215-219
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  1. 5. Detroit Rocks: The ’60s: Kick Out the Jams
  1. DKT/MC5: The Truest Possible Testimonial
  2. John Sinclair
  3. pp. 222-232
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  1. Robin Tyner: Early Days/Final Days
  2. Rebecca “Tyner” Derminer
  3. pp. 233-240
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  1. Amboy Duke
  2. Gary Graff
  3. pp. 241-243
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  1. The Story of Detroit’s Third Power Band
  2. Willy Wilson
  3. pp. 244-248
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  1. Bob Seger: The Early Years
  2. Gary Graff
  3. pp. 249-252
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  1. Seger Unsettled
  2. John G. Rodwan Jr.
  3. pp. 253-256
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  1. The Rationals
  2. Scott Morgan
  3. pp. 257-266
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  1. Strange Früt: An East-Side Story of the Früt
  2. George Moseman, a.k.a. “Moseley the Punk”
  3. pp. 267-268
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  1. Strange Mysterious Sounds: The Demise of Ted Lucas and the Spike-Drivers
  2. Mike Dutkewych
  3. pp. 269-281
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  1. 6. Detroit Rocks into the ’70s and Beyond: From Everyone Loves Alice to Cass Corridor Punk to Death
  1. Alice Cooper All American: A Horatio Alger Story for the ’70s
  2. Lester Bangs
  3. pp. 284-288
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  1. Twenty-Five Years of Creem: Kiss and Not Tell, or Confessions of One of the Film Foxes
  2. Jaan Uhelszki
  3. pp. 289-298
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  1. Who Is the Sugar Man?
  2. Howard A. Dewitt
  3. pp. 299-305
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  1. Dangerous Diane: Detroit Art Rock and Punk in the Late ’70s
  2. Diane Spodarek
  3. pp. 306-309
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  1. A Band Called Death
  2. Ben Blackwell
  3. pp. 310-314
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  1. How the Gories Ruined Music
  2. Danny Kroha
  3. pp. 315-320
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  1. Kid Rock before the Fame: The Definitive Oral History
  2. Brian McCollum
  3. pp. 321-333
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  1. Kid Rock: From Apple Orchards to the World
  2. Gary Graff
  3. pp. 334-337
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  1. Cathouse: The Cass Corridor’s Last Great Band
  2. Thomas Trimble
  3. pp. 338-345
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  1. 7. Hip-Hop, Ghettotech, Donuts, and Techno Dreams
  1. Frankly Speaking: Awesome Dre’s Outspoken Detroit
  2. Matt Deapo
  3. pp. 348-350
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  1. Eminem in 2002
  2. Greil Marcus
  3. pp. 351-352
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  1. Eminem: A Detroit Story
  2. Bill Holdship
  3. pp. 353-364
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  1. Inner-City Blues: The Story of Detroit Techno
  2. Hobey Echlin
  3. pp. 365-368
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  1. For Dilla’s Sake and the Love of Donuts
  2. Shane M. Liebler
  3. pp. 369-370
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  1. Ghettotech: Detroit Is Just Here to Party
  2. Daniel Jones
  3. pp. 371-376
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  1. Champ’s Town
  2. Brian Smith
  3. pp. 377-389
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  1. 8. Sounds of Detroit: Country York Brothers and Latin Musica
  1. Mellow Milestone
  2. Craig Maki
  3. pp. 392-398
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  1. The Big Three: Contemporary Roots of Latin Sounds in Detroit—The Cruz Brothers, Ozzie Rivera, and Luis Resto
  2. Rhonda Welsh
  3. pp. 399-403
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  1. 9. Detroit Music Miscellanea
  1. Freeform Radio Master: Dave Dixon on WABX
  2. Chris Morton
  3. pp. 406-407
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  1. The Day I Saved WABX
  2. Dan Carlisle
  3. pp. 408-409
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  1. Lee Abrams and the Cold-Blooded, Calculated Assassination of Detroit Radio: An Eyewitness Account
  2. Rick Allen
  3. pp. 410-412
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  1. Gary Grimshaw: Poster Child
  2. L. E. Grimshaw
  3. pp. 413-416
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  1. Grande Daze, Bubble Puppies, and Suburban Hippie Rock
  2. Dr. Herman Daldin
  3. pp. 417-420
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  1. Random Thoughts: A Brief History of WSU’s Legendary Zoot’s Coffee
  2. Aaron Anderson
  3. pp. 421-422
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  1. Rarities of the Revolution: Archie Shepp, the MC5, and John Sinclair
  2. Pat Thomas
  3. pp. 423-425
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  1. Detroit’s Historical Archer Records from the Inside-Outside
  2. Ben Blackwell
  3. pp. 426-428
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  1. Majesty Crush Lurking in the Shadows of Motown and Detroit Techno
  2. Hobey Echlin
  3. pp. 429-432
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  1. A View of Third Man Records from the Inside
  2. Ben Blackwell
  3. pp. 433-436
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  1. Future Now: Detroit’s Twenty-First-Century Record Label Jett Plastic
  2. Jarrett Koral
  3. pp. 437-439
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 440-443
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 444-447
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 448-459
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  1. Credits
  2. pp. 460-465
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 466-486
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