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

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A narrative history of the birth of rock 'n' roll in Detroit.

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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 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 chronicle Detroit music of the 1960s and 70s—a pivotal era in rock music history. David Carson is a Royal Oak native, former Michigan disc jockey, and the author of Rockin' Down the Dial: The Detroit Sound of Radio. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Author David A. Carson
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Page Count 376pp
Publication Size 6 x 9.25
Publication Notes softcover, 68 b/w photographs
Publication Date 2009
ISBN 978-0472031900

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