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This is a guide to researching the history of rock music in Detroit, Ann Arbor and southeastern Michigan. The Motor City's rock and roll legacy includes the Stooges, the MC-5, the Frost, Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger, and—of course!—KISS, among many others. Rock of the Motor City has been heavily influenced by, as well as influential to, Motown and other pop culture movements; more recent generations of rock and pop musicians, from the mainstream Kid Rock and Eminem to the 1980's underground garage icons the Gories, and current (as of late 2001) indie-rock darlings the White Stripes have hailed from southeastern Michigan as well. This pathfinder is intended to help support research on the rock history of Detroit and southeastern Michigan, and also to give you some tips on researching individual artists.
There are very few books specifically focused on the history of rock music in Detroit. What exists may be found by using some of the following Library of Congress Subject Headings (these can typically be searched in automated library card catalogs).
If your library uses the Dewey Decimal System, you may find work in this area under 784, "rock music", or under 977, "the history of the North-central United States".
A number of rock music bibliographies and research guides exist, and some of these may prove helpful as well, particularly for research involving the larger historical context of rock and roll.
The Grove Dictionary of Music, published in New York by Grove Press, is considered an important fundamental research tool. It is in thousands of libraries, which is particularly helpful as its enormous size (the most recent edition comes in 29 volumes) makes it a poor candidate for an interlibrary loan.
Hawksley, Lucinda. The Virgin encyclopedia of rock. Z�: Edition Olms, 1998
Buckley, Jonathan and Jill Furmanovsky. Rock: the rough guide. London : Rough Guides, 1999
Publication: London :; Westbound Records,
Description: 1 sound disc :; digital ;; 4 3/4 in.
Motor City's burnin': Michigan high-energy.
Motor City's burnin' 2
John and Leni Sinclair lived and worked in Ann Arbor, MI from the late 1950's. They were intimately involved with many aspects of the punk and avant-garde art scenes in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Their personal papers and collection of visual materials are available through the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library in Ann Arbor.
John and Leni Sinclair papers, 1957-1979.
John and Leni Sinclair visual materials series. 1960-1972
Detroit Rock City [motion picture]. New Line Home Video, 1999
Detroit and Southeastern Michigan Rock &Roll Heritage
Detroit Rock and Roll
John and Leni Sinclair finding aid.
The Virtual Rock Tour of Ann Arbor.
Suicide Machines' Dan Lukacinsky on the legacy of Detroit rock and Detroit sports teams.
Fast n' Bulbous.
Very little is available in print specifically about the history of Detroit rock music. There are, however, many guides to the history of Rock that will provide information about individual Detroit artists, or that discuss the Detroit rock scene in passing.
The wild one : the true story of Iggy Pop
The Mitch Ryder show.
The rise and fall of the MC5: Rock music and counterculture politics in the sixties
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