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Remembering the 1967 Detroit Riot, part 1: “Before the whole damn studio went up in flames”

by Brian Matzke July 10, 2017

“Before the whole damn studio went up in flames”: Motown at the start of the 1967 riot The Automobile and American Culture David L. Lewis and Laurence Goldstein, Editors Before Motown A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-60 Lars Bjorn with Jim Gallert One Nation Under A Groove Motown and American Culture Gerald Early I Hear a Symphony Motown and Crossover R&B Andrew Flory Guitars, Bars, and Motown Superstars Dennis Coffey This month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riot, also knowns as the 12th Street riot, one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in American history. […]

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June is African-American Music Appreciation Month: Celebrate with many titles from UM Press!

by Lauren Stachew June 7, 2016

This month is the 37th annual African-American Music Appreciation Month. Originally called ‘Black Music Month,’ Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea in 1979 to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the significance of black music. The group successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the month, and since then, African-American Music Appreciation Month has grown into a nationally celebrated and revered occasion, with events held annually across the country. The University of Michigan Press has many exciting titles that celebrate the rich and inspiring history of […]

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On Jazz, Poetry, and Hayden Carruth: Talking Shop about the Human Condition

by Phillip Witteveen September 26, 2014

WPFW, 89.3 FM, is a station that gets into the “mix of jazz, Third World music, news and public affairs.” It is the sound alternative programming makes in the metro D.C. area, “challenging the norm, and passionately serving the under-served of our community.” Coming to us in .mp3: a filmy, dulcet jazz bottoms out into the introduction of a very small, very niche radio show, with a very specific mandate: “This, is your station for jazz and justice.” The show, as it would be revealed, is called “On the Margin.” “And my name,” says the speaker, “is Giovanni Russonello.” “Today” (says […]

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Craig Maki Featured on Detroit’s Channel 4

by Phillip Witteveen September 12, 2014

“When you think of music associated with Detroit, you instantly think about Motown, jazz,” says Channel 4 news anchor Guy Gordon.  “Electronica comes to mind,” he says. “But there’s another genre you need to consider,” says Karen Drew, rounding out the other half of the classic two-anchor combo. “And that is Rockabilly—country, rock and blues combined—and it really has deep roots in Detroit, but not a lot of people realize that.” Channel 4’s Uniquely Detroit then cuts to a potpourri of video footage. The soundbites, sampled from the old stars of the Rockabilly scene, go from Johnny Powers of Utica, Michigan, who recorded alongside […]

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Daniel Stein Explores Jazz as Cold War Diplomacy

by Phillip Witteveen July 11, 2014

“I will examine Louis Armstrong and the All Stars’ concert tour through East Germany in March of 1965,” begins Daniel Stein, in a sentence that puts landing gear down on “largely unexplored territory,” intellectually speaking. That territory is the Honalee of convening spaces where Cold War era jazz, the Civil Rights Movement, and diplomacy intercede in Stein’s interdisciplinary scholarship. Stein—whose scholarly attention to Louis Armstrong and Armstrong’s autobiographical writing has, by now, coalesced into a book (Music is My Life)—recently published an article in Americana, teasing out further implications from the lesser known fringes of his research interest. A marginal inclusion in either […]

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