New Book on the History of Rock in Detroit

The city of Detroit has seen better days, but it will always be remembered for two things:  (1) the auto industry; and (2) the music that came out of the city. 

There’s a new book called Detroit Rock City by Steve Miller that tracks the history of Motor City rock—and it’s an oral history, too.  More than 200 people were interviewed for their memories, views and stories about everything from Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and the MC 5 right up to Kid Rock, Eminem, the White Stripes and beyond. 

The DJs, music writers, label heads, club owners and various hangers-on have a lot to say—and a lot of this stuff is so strange that you swear someone made it up.  But they didn’t–even the story about Alice Cooper’s band getting a big round of applause during a rehearsal session.  It came from the inmates of an institution for the criminally insane that was across the street.

Detroit Rock City by Steve Miller is available now through Da Capo Press.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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