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Detroit Rock City: An Oral History Of America's Loudest City

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Detroit has hit a rough patch of late, but to hear the veterans of its music scene tell it, the city has always been something of a rough patch – and that helps to explain the blue collar, underdog charm that infused its rock and roll.

Los Angeles had its Laurel Canyon folk-rockers and San Francisco had the hippie dreamers, but Detroit had snarl, with groups like the MC5, the Amboy Dukes and their wild guitarist Ted Nugent, and the now legendary Bob Seger.

For many of the musicians, the rock clubs and teen dances were the only ticket out of a life on the automobile factory line. The result was an emergent music scene that is still celebrated today by veterans like Iggy Pop and the Stooges and Jack White.

Steve Miller is the author of Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock ‘N Roll In American’s Loudest City, out now from Da Capo Press.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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