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

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

Format:  Paperback,

312 pages

Publisher: Perseus Books Group

Publish Date: Jun 2013

ISBN-13: 9780306820656

ISBN-10: 030682065X

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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 thru 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: Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: Jun 2013
ISBN-13: 9780306820656
ISBN-10: 030682065X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 312
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Black Sheep (1965-1972)
Playground of Noise
You Can't Be a Leader on LSD
Mitch Ryder, Eat Shit
I'm No Statesman, I'm No General
They Didn't Call Them the Stooges for Nothing
Riots in the Motor City
Here's New Pretties for You
America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine
What Happens in Detroit Stays in Detroit
In Detroit, Woodstock Was the Weak Shit
We Weren't Musicians, We Were Like an Outlaw Bike Club
Drugs Hate You
Gimme Some Action (1973-1981)
New York: "None of These People Have Seen Shit
Creem: "They're No Good Since Lester Bangs Left
You're Gonna Die
Sweet Nothin
Nothin' to Do in Detroit
The Voice Box and First in Line
No Hands Clapping
You're Not Punk Rock
The Big Three Killed My Baby (1981-2000)
Face Forward
Punk Rock Sucks
Don Kirshner of Detroit
Mutiny in Hardcore
You Just Can't Win
MC5: Are They from Detroit? Fresh Blood and Garage Innocence
Cool American
Warm Beer and Bestiality Go Together
I'm Hell
On the Corner
The Same Boy You've Always Known
It Was Raining Faggots on Me
Devil with a Cause
Aspiring and Achieving Lowly Dreams
The Players

Book description

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.

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Rated 1 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 1 out of 5★ by Started off well, covering the early Detroit rock scene (minimally), then nose-dived from there straight into the punk genre and sparse coverage of a few alternative and hip-hop artists. 08/21/2013
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