Grit, Noise, and Revolution: The Birth of Detroit Rock 'n' Roll

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University of Michigan Press, 2006 - History - 376 pages
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". . . a great blow-by-blow account of an exciting and still-legendary scene."
---Marshall Crenshaw

From the early days of John Lee Hooker to the heyday of Motown and beyond, Detroit has enjoyed a long reputation as one of the crucibles of American pop music. In Grit, Noise, and Revolution, David Carson turns the spotlight on those hard-rocking, long-haired musicians-influenced by Detroit's R&B heritage-who ultimately helped change the face of rock 'n' roll.

Carson tells the story of some of the great garage-inspired, blue-collar Motor City rock 'n' roll bands that exemplified the Detroit rock sound: The MC5, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, SRC, the Bob Seger System, Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes, and Grand Funk Railroad.

An indispensable guide for rock aficionados, Grit, Noise, and Revolution features stories of these groundbreaking groups and is the first book to survey Detroit music of the 1960s and 70s-a pivotal era in rock music history.
  

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Grit, noise, and revolution: the birth of Detroit rock 'n' roll

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Considering all the unconventional rock artists who hail from the Detroit area--the MC5, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper--it's ironic that this history is so bland. Still, Carson (Rockin' Down the Dial: The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul Madarasz - Goodreads

Having grown up in Detroit during the time this book covers, and having seen most of the bands mentioned, reading this was like coming home (the one you can't go again). Required reading for anyone interested in the development of rock during those seminal years. Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Acknowledgments xi
3
Boogie and the Beat
5
Fame and Fortune
11
Freewheelin in the Motor City
18
Motown and Other Sounds
33
The Village Is on Fire
57
On to the Hideout
68
Something in the Air
142
Seger on the Rise
150
A Night at the Grande
153
Enter the Stooges
158
On the Front Lines with the MC5
164
Kickin Out the Jams
174
Up against the Wall and Beyond
183
The Big Bust
1970

So You Wanna Be a Rock n Roll Star?
75
A Whole Lotta Soul a Whole Lotta Funk 9o 9 Birth of the Noise
98
A Mythical Figure
107
Summer in the City
120
Hippies and Head Shops
127
Hits and Misses
131
Epilogue 278
1940
Notes 297
1959
Bibliography 331
1996
Selected Album Discography 345
1969
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