Detroit Rock City

Detroit Rock City

The Uncensored History of Rock 'n' Roll in America's Loudest City

Paperback - 2013
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Detroit Rock City is an oral history of Detroit and its music told by the people who were on the stage, in the clubs, the practice rooms, studios, and in the audience, blasting the music out and soaking it up, in every scene from 1967 to today. From fabled axe men like Ted Nugent, Dick Wagner, and James Williamson jump to Jack White, to pop flashes Suzi Quatro and Andrew W.K., to proto punkers Brother Wayne Kramer and Iggy Pop, Detroit slices the rest of the land with way more than its share of the Rock Pie. Detroit Rock City is the story that has never before been sprung, a frenzied and schooled account of both past and present, calling in the halcyon days of the Grande Ballroom and the Eastown Theater, where national acts who came through were made to stand and deliver in the face of the always hard hitting local support acts. It moves on to the Michigan Palace, Bookies Club 870, City Club, Gold Dollar, and Magic Stick - all magical venues in America's top rock city. Detroit Rock City brings these worlds to life all from the guys and dolls who picked up a Strat and jammed it into our collective craniums. From those behind the scenes cats who promoted, cajoled, lost their shirts, and popped the platters to the punters who drove from everywhere, this is the book that gives life to Detroit's legend of loud.--Publisher's description.
Published: Boston :, Da Capo Press,, [ 2013]
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780306820656
Branch Call Number: 781.6609 MIL
Characteristics: viii, 312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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rocknrollphilip Feb 24, 2015

Given the book's title, it's dismaying to discover the actual focus of this book is not the wonderful MUSIC that has come out of Michigan! However, if you enjoy lots of sordid tales about lots of scummy characters, you'll read it in one sitting!

Jul 24, 2013

I found the first half of the book a lot more interesting than the second half.


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