Death were a proto-punk trio of black Jehovah's Witnesses
based out of Detroit back in 1974. They were almost signed to Columbia, but bailed on the label when Columbia wanted them to change their name. Instead, they self-released a 7" which is now quite a collector's item
, influenced as it was by, “Iggy and Stooges, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper and The Who”
But the story doesn't end there. Recently, Bobby Hackney, whose father played in Death along with two of his uncles, learned of the band and, lo and behold, his dad found the master tapes for their unreleased full-length in his attic. Is a new chapter in punk rock history
about to be written?
posted by stinkycheese
on Jun 11, 2008 -
Please, allow me to introduce you to Detroit Techno
. Artist Derrick May once described it as "George Clinton and Kraftwerk stuck in an elevator." Despite being virtually unknown in the United States, this genre has achieved global popularity. Noteworthy artists include Carl Craig
, Sean Deason, Stacey Pullen, Jeff Mills
, Underground Resistance
, DJ Assault, Moodymann, and Kevin Saunderson
(among others). From May 27th-29th the city of Detroit will launch a huge electronic music festival
. It isn't something you see everyday in the U.S., so check it out. Here are some o t h e r
posted by j-urb
on May 17, 2006 -
Motown history traded for Super Bowl parking.
(mostly audio) The Motown Center in Detroit was torn down a few weeks ago and turned into Super Bowl parking. Although not the main recording studios, and long abandoned, it still contained many Motown documents and memorabilia, most of which were lost in the razing. Covered by local bloggers: dETROITfUNK (1
) , Detroit Blog (1
), and Kempa
, plus local tv
posted by caddis
on Feb 6, 2006 -
"Oh, Detroit! Detroit, how hast thou fallen!
No power in noonday to defend the helpless women and children from outlaws, till they have fully glutted their hellish appetites on the weak and defenseless." This full-text version of A Thrilling Narrative From the Lips of the Sufferers of the Late Detroit Riot, March 6, 1863, with the Hair Breadth Escapes of Men, Women and Children, and Destruction of Colored Men's Property, Not Less Than $15,000
contains firsthand testimonies from African American victims of this forgotten race/draft riot, which was overshadowed by a much larger one in New York City
. [more inside]
posted by goatdog
on Jan 19, 2006 -
Transit in Detroit
details an urban planner's initiative to cut the costs of the city's traffic congestion-relieving highway expansion by proposing a transit system combining light rail and bus-rapid-transit. [More Inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Nov 25, 2005 -
"A world within a store
": For decades, JL Hudson's
was the soul of downtown Detroit
. A commercial giant housed in a mammoth structure, the legendary store was a symbol of the city's heyday and a Midwestern icon, but much more to the millions who shopped there. The growth of suburban malls killed Hudson's flagship store in 1983
, and thousands of nostalgic Detroiters lined the streets to see it demolished fifteen years later
. "The store is a habit
, an institution
, a tradition
, an emotion
, or all of these
, depending on which Detroiter you talk to. It's regarded as a member of the family in countless homes." Macy's, eat your heart out.
posted by sellout
on Jul 23, 2005 -
Alternative Rapid Transit
Looking for a funky way to get around town? Try Detroit's People Mover
(warning, embedded earworm). For 50 cents you can travel 2.9 miles through 13 stops in 15 minutes, and see some fantastic art
along the way. People movers
and modified Personal Rapid Transit
systems were built in various cities in the 1970s, such as Miami
, and at West Virginia University
. The dream
of true Personal Rapid Transit has not yet been achieved, and its viability
and economic benefits
are still up for debate, but the People Mover, at least, is still hanging on
posted by livii
on Apr 2, 2005 -
While reading up on the Detroit City Council's latest brainstorm, African Town
, I stumbled upon this blog
that highlights many of the once great, now decaying buildings of my former hometown. If you've ever wondered what was inside some of those ancient, boarded up buildings, there are some great photos here.
posted by Oriole Adams
on Sep 30, 2004 -
The fabulous ruins of Detroit:
"After decades of blight, large swathes of Detroit are being reclaimed by nature. Roughly a third of this 139-square-mile city consists of weed-choked lots and dilapidated buildings . . . rather than fight this return to nature, urban farmers have embraced it, gradually converting 15 acres of idle land into more than 40 community gardens and microfarms — some consuming entire blocks." [note: NY Times link]
posted by ryanshepard
on Dec 9, 2003 -
For his kindness, Saddam was once given a key to the city of Detroit.
Apparently Saddam Hussein once donated money to Chaldean churches all over the world, including Chaldean Sacred Heart, in the motor city.
"He was very kind person, very generous, very cooperative with the West. Lately, what's happened, I don't know," (Rev. Jacob) Yasso, 70, said Wednesday. "Money and power changed the person."
Yasso was later invited to Iraq, where he presented Saddam Hussein with a key to the city, courtesy of then-Detroit mayor, Coleman Young.
posted by wondergirl
on Mar 29, 2003 -
Sure, we all know the story about how Detroit developed, and then kept under wraps, a 100mpg carburetor is false
. However, affordable 80mpg family sedans are
real: behold the Supercar
! They are the results of a nearly decade-long partnership between The Big Three
and the Clinton administration. However the program was quietly shelved last June, the victim of the Bush administration, and corporate backpedaling. Read the whole sordid tale here
. [use username/password for login]
In the meantime, you'll have to settle for one of these
posted by thewittyname
on Dec 13, 2002 -
"If we sort out Iraq and Detroit develops a hydrogen engine," says a U.S. diplomat
, "Saudi Arabia will go back to being a fascinating, benighted part of the world that people don't visit."
posted by artifex
on Jul 30, 2002 -
Tonight is Devil's Night in Detroit.
There have been measures taken in recent years to reduce the number of arsons on this night. From 6pm curfews to 'officially' renaming it 'Angel's Night'. Can a city that is known for this sort of behavior ever grow out of this image?
posted by tj
on Oct 30, 2001 -
Now I'm depressed. I'd seen The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
site before, but never really looked around. It was well worth the hour I spent there. Then I wandered over to Modern Ruins
. We're a destructive species, aren't we? We don't even value the things we create...
posted by Aaaugh!
on Aug 16, 2000 -