Poetry Flash tribute to "Heaven Was Detroit" with M.L. Liebler and Greil Marcus

Oakland

Poetry FlashDIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland hosts a special installment of Poetry Flash on Sunday, August 27th at 3pm. Editor M.L. Liebler and contributor Greil Marcus will be here to discuss Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond.

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Heaven Was Detroit is the first of its kind to capture the full spectrum of Detroit popular music from the early 1900s to the twenty-first century. Readers will find in this unique and stimulating anthology new essays, and a few classics, by widely known and respected music writers, critics, and recording artists who weigh in on their careers and experiences in the Detroit music scene, from rock to jazz and everything in between. With a foreword by the acclaimed rock writer Dave Marsh and iconic photos by Leni Sinclair, the book features such well-known writers as Greil Marcus, Jaan Uhelszki, Al Young, Susan Whitall, Gary Graff, John Sinclair, and many others.
Divided into nine sections, the book moves chronologically through the early days of jazz in Detroit, to the rock 'n' roll of the 1960s, and up to today's electronica scene, with so many groundbreaking moments in between. This collection of cohesive essays includes Motown's connection to the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement through its side label, Black Forum Records; Lester Bangs's exemplary piece on Alice Cooper; the story behind the emergence of rap legend Eminem; and Craig Maki's enlightening history on "hillbilly rock" - just to name a few. With a rich musical tradition to rival Nashville, Detroit serves as the inspiration, backdrop, and playground for some of the most influential music artists of the past century.
Heaven Was Detroit captures the essence of the Detroit music scene: the grit, the spark, the desire to tell a story set to the rhythm of the city. Fans of any music genre will find something that speaks to them in the pages of this collection.

Poetry FlashM. L. Liebler is an award-winning poet, literary arts activist, and professor. He is the author of several books of poetry, including I Want to Be Once, and editor of the anthology Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams. He is also co-editor of Bob Seger's House and Other Stories. Liebler has taught at Wayne State University since 1980.

 

Poetry FlashGreil Marcus's books include Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music, Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century, and The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs. He teaches at Berkeley and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

 

 

Event date: 
Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, A Bookstore
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond Cover Image
By M. L. Liebler (Editor), Dave Marsh (Foreword by), Al Young (Contribution by)
$34.99
ISBN: 9780814341223
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Published: Painted Turtle Book - October 16th, 2016