Sunday, 14 March 2010

Motor City's Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges

7/23/69

Great to see John Sinclair in this BBC documentary. John is a GrooveGroveGraphics supporter and contributor. As manager of the legendary MC5, he was an extraordinary cultural catalyst and campaigner on Detroit's late '60's music scene.

It was quite a scene - Motown quit Detroit for LaLaLand - but the hard music of Detroit kicked out the jams and kept on developing. George Clinton and Parliament fused rock and soul to give birth to funk, while Iggy and the Stooges became proto punks. And on it continued - Detroit Techno, Eminem........

There are parallels with the development of West London's punk /reggae scene in the '70's- for which Iggy and the Stooges were an inspiration.

John Sinclair is one of the artists featured in the 'Taking Issue' exhibition in Cardiff, curated by londonprintstudio.

Motor City's Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges here

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