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Detroit Rock City : The Uncensored History of Rock 'n' Roll in America's Loudest City (Paperback) (Steve

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Journalist Steve Miller presents a history of the rise and fall of the hard rock music scene in Detroit, mostly in the 70s and 80s, in the form of interviews with musicians, producers, and scenesters. There is a center section of black and white photographs. The author is a Detroit native with experience in the punk scene, and the editor of Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83. As Miller points out, the epicenter of American music is Detroit, in terms of the variety of styles that have emerged from the city and their collective influence. This book deals with only one of them, the place where metalhead and punk aesthetics united with as much Funkiness and New Romantic gloss as straight white boys from the factory floor could tolerate, which wasn't much. The author's perspective is mostly present here as editor and compiler of stories, but he writes in his own voice briefly to make some cogent points, one of which is that abundant high-paying unskilled jobs made Detroit a cultural melting pot like no other. Here are reminiscences of Bob Seger rubbing elbows with Ted Nugent, plus the Romantics, Alice Cooper, Mitch Ryder, the White Stripes, Suzi Quatro, and Sun Ra (described here as "the strangest Negro ever, there was no getting around that"). All was presided over by resident gods MC5 and Iggy Pop. The interviewees are mostly insiders rather than famous names. Some stories are predictably sad (mostly about drugs and random violence), and some are hilarious (answering the age-old question, where did they get those tight leather pants?). Color and gender lines are alternatingly acknowledged, denied, crossed, and dodged in fine Rust Belt tradition; it's a book mostly but not entirely about white boys, told mostly but not entirely by white men looking back. The stories are served up with the laughingly bitter hubris of Detroit barroom survivors. Miller's editing gets into the spirit; interviews often look like roundtables until the parties involved start to thrash each other or tell incompatible stories, when readers will realize they are separate interviews edited together for maximum effect. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Stooges and MC to Grand Funk Railroad and Ted Nugent, to the White Stripes, Eminem, and Kid Rock, and whole casts of other great bands and performers, Detroit has always produced louder, more rumbling, more subversive rock music than any city in the world.

In Detroit Rock City, readers get to hear the stories straight from the participants themselves?the singers, the guitar slingers, the fans, the reporters, the promoters, even the guys who handmade amps to be louder and crunchier than the competition?s. This is the story, by the people who saw with their own eyes, made with their own hands, and heard with their own ears.
Number of Pages: 31216
Genre: Music, Biography + Autobiography, History
Sub-Genre: USA / State + Local / Midwest, Composers + Musicians, History + Criticism
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Author: Steve Miller
Language: English
Street Date: June 25, 2013
TCIN: 14312035
UPC: 9780306820656
Item Number (DPCI): 248-81-5365
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