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 to discuss Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond. Participants will inclde the editor M.L. Liebler and contributors Greil Marcus, Al Young, Melba Joyce Boyd, Brian Jabas Smith, George “Moseley the Punk”  Moseman, Joel Martin, and Pat Thomas.   

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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.

M. 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.

Greil 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.

Al Young, former California Poet Laureate, author of poetry, novels, and memoirs. His most recent poetry collection is Something About the Blues; some forthcoming books are 22 Moon Poems, October Variations, and Love Offline

Melba Joyce Boyd, professor, author of nine books of poetry and a number of books, including Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press.

Brian Jabas Smith, award-winning journalist, first as a staff writer and columnist for the Phoenix New Times, and then as editor at the Detroit Metro Times, former songwriter and front man for rock’n’roll bands, and author of the short story collection Spent Saints.

George “Moseley the Punk” Moseman, member of the "outside the box" band the Früt.

Joel Martin, well-known Detroit producer, publisher of Eminem’s music and producer of The Romantics, Sponge, Sean Forbes, and others.

Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power, 1965-1975 and the forthcoming Did It!: From Yippie to Yuppie, Jerry Rubin: An American Revolutionary. He has been an A&R consultant to various record labels as well as producer of reissues of vintage music by Sly Stone, Carole King, and others.

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