Grit, Noise and Revolution

The University of Michigan Press has just released Grit, Noise and Revolution: The Birth of Detroit Rock 'n' Roll, by David A. Carson. This 320-page book examines music made in Detroit after World War II, focusing on the "Detroit Rock" sound of the mid 1960s through the early 1970s. Carson devotes plenty of text to the influence of nearby Ann Arbor, including local favorites Bob Seger and Iggy Pop, as well as Commander Cody, John Sinclair, Ted Nugent and Grand Funk Railroad.


inaccuracies abound in this outsiders account of the ann arbor/ detroit 60's music
scene. better than nothing but it'd be nice if the facts had been checked by more than one

Huh. Luke, what were some of the inaccuracies?

i had a little club in romeo,mi. called mothers. the story related in the book about iggy's
visit was inaccurate in every detail and actually had fictionalized details. outside of iggy being arrested everything else was fiction.
the author was a disc jockey not a player. if he wasn't there he should have talked to more sources before printing his "truth". i'm really not bitter, just disappointed, as those days deserve a better caliber writer.

One of my favorite websites offering some wonderful information and historical artifacts of the influential era of Michigan rock and roll is The Motor City Music Archives. This is a sensational site for those of us who love to wallow in nostalgia!

After thirty years someone has finally put Michigan's great rock history all together. What an effort- all the way from John Lee Hooker to Iggy and the Stooges. Regarding the two paragraphs referred to by Luke Engel, (which by the way were based on the rememberances of Ron Asheton in a book about Mother's) there are 296 other pages (not counting notes & bib)crammed with more information and context than any fan of this era could hope for, all backed by solid research. Great photo section too. I highly recommend this book and I know many "players" from the era that do too.