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Grit, Noise, and Revolution: The Birth of Detroit Rock 'n' Roll Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/Regional (May 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472115030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472115037
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,534,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"What happened to the revolution? We got beat," says Detroit luminary John Sinclair at the end of Carson's history. A tribute to some of the original "hair" bands, the volume brings to life the people, places, rehearsals, gigs and police raids of some of the most popular rock acts born in the USA, filling an unfortunate lacuna in many rock histories. Although Carson's focus is on 1965-72, when the "Detroit Rock" sound truly developed, he gives ample and important background covering the blues, R&B and Motown sounds which fed directly into Detroit rock 'n' roll. Carson guides the reader from the early psychedelic stage shows of the MC5 through the rocky beginnings of Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, the Bob Seger System, Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes, Grand Funk Railroad and, later, Alice Cooper. Pivotal chapters cover the MC5, a band that defined the Detroit sound, and their relationship with the "Mythical Figure" of poet John Sinclair, who founded the Detroit Artists Workshop. Carson's book is detailed, informative and well documented, with a large bibliography that gives readers voluminous opportunity for further study. Many references are to the 57 interviews Carson conducted to write the book, and these provide the grit for which the Detroit sound and scene are famous. Dozens of brief biographies cover the post-1972 lives of major figures, while a brief discography rounds out the book. 30 photos
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Carson chronicles Detroit pop music between World War II and Motown Records' early-1970s removal to L.A., delineating loud, intense Motor City acts from John Lee Hooker to Bob Seger and drawing lines of influence between white and black acts. During the period, Detroit's gritty, high-powered, seemingly urban industrial music had national influence. Carson details how Hooker's sinuous blues took the world by storm in the late 1940s and how Hank Ballard conquered the early rock world first with the salacious string of "Annie" hits and later with his song "The Twist," which Chubby Checker rode to worldwide fame. Later still, Mitch Ryder preceded Janis Joplin in defining blue-eyed soul, the MC5 provided the soundtrack to the sixties revolution, and Grand Funk Railroad spawned the mullet era of arena rock. Meanwhile, Motown acts (Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, etc.) climbed the charts, powered by the Funk Brothers' peerless playing. And then there's Iggy and the Stooges. More great pop than one city should produce, and Carson's got the skinny on it all. Mike Tribby
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My advice is buy it.
Sarah Jane Kilgore Pa
The book is worth reading for this reason alone, whether you are a Detroit music fanatic, or merely a curious novice.
Eyes and Teeth
Facts such as chart positions and release dates are woven into the story seamlessly.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eyes and Teeth on November 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Grit, Noise, and Revolution: The birth of Detroit rock `n' roll is an exhaustive survey of Detroit Rock History. In his latest book, Royal Oak native David A. Carson does an excellent job outlining the evolution of Detroit music history. This book is a labor of love, as undoubtedly many hours were spent researching, digging, and interviewing. Carson starts out his story in the early 1940's, before Rock or R & B were even on the map. He accomplishes this by discussing Detroit's thriving blues scene, the electrified sounds of John Lee Hooker, and the city's vibrant Black Bottom District. This was refreshing to read about, as it is an oft neglected chapter of Detroit's rich cultural heritage.

From here, Carson delves into the 1950's; exploring early Detroit groups such as the Diablos and the effects that pioneer DJ's such as Mikey Shorr and "Frantic" Ernie Durham had on the evolution of early Rock and R & B in the Motor City. Fittingly, Motown is discussed next in great depth. The story of Motown Records and Barry Gordy will definitely be familiar to most. However, in this book, Carson points out many interesting early anecdotes and facts I was previously unaware of. Carson realizes the profound effect that Motown had on the music world and makes this abundantly evident. Without Motown's shinning contributions due to stellar productions, driving work ethic, and accepting nothing less than perfection, modern music would not have evolved as it did. Mr. Gordy ran Motown like a fine tuned machine inundating all involved with a strong sense of drive and precision, instilling fierce competition amongst his robot-like team of studio musicians and songwriters. This of course was responsible for a steady stream of musical gold.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric C. on July 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book Grit Noise and Revolution was recently brought to my attention. I rushed out to get a copy and was absolutely thrilled that someone had finally put together the pieces of Michigan's rock history into a compelling narrative. Carson obviously put a mind blowing amount of research into this satisfying read that was difficult to put down. This book is the first of its kind on a subject that countless people have been wanting to read about. As for those who might be unfamiliar with Detroit's important rock scene; they will soon find themselves happily engrossed and quite knowledgeable. Facts such as chart positions and release dates are woven into the story seamlessly. Carson has captured a place in time with frightening skill and eased through it as if we were living the `60s all over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vati on February 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
Being a West Coast/San Francisco Bay Area type of guy I thought that we had the best music scene,boy was I wrong.Compared to Detoit we were mush and milk toast.!! Damn the great hard rockin groups that came out of that area is amazing and the whole scene is all here in one fantastic book.Hats off to Russ Gibbs,John Sinclair, and all of the great bands.I went to the Fillmore West which was nice,but I think,by reading this book,I really would have felt right at home at The Grande! Great reading and the pictures ..........This book is worth a million.. in prizes !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Todd Zimmer on November 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
My title of this review really says it all. I love so many of the bands written about in this book, but it's just not fun at all to read. That being said, it has tons of really great information and when the when it's the musicians talking, it really is very interesting. I was not surprised that this book took me as long as it did to read (3 weeks), it's just so dull.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Burwell on October 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What a trip down memory lane. John Sinclair, Plum street, Jeep Holland, Russ Gibb and the Grande. It was a great time to be a musician or music lover. David Carson's book is as close as it gets to being there.

Bass player and founding member of Wilson Mower Pursuit
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By riot67 on October 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A fantastic book all around that once and for all details Detroit's legendary rock history. The MC5, The Stooges, The Frost, Alice Cooper, The Rationals, Frijid Pink,SRC, The Up,Commander Cody, Mitch Ryder, Bob Seeger, Savage Grace, John Lee Hooker, Goose Lake Festival, Grande Ballroom, The Eastown..etc. etc....it's all here in an unforgetable read that you can't put down. Get it now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Otis Edwards on March 25, 2012
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Those of the advanced age of thirty or even the ancient age of forty will find little of interest in this book. It consists largely of a list of forgotten music groups, tells who joined and left the groups, how many records each group released, who produced the records, and other minutiae no longer of any significance, because most of the records were somewhat poor in quality, they are listened to today only for reasons of nostalgia.

My fellow geezers, though, will treasure this book for that sad reason. *Yeah! I remember that! I was there!* This book is so well-researched and includes so many names, that many of my dormant brain cells switched back on with mention of seeing The Royal Jokers and other things long forgotten. The true importance of "Grit Noise and Revolution," though, will not be known for years to come, because during the time this book chronicles, there was, in the words of Brother Wayne Kramer, "A Crack in the Universe."

At the present level of human comprehension of social structure and behavior, we don't fully understand why there are sudden periods of accelerated social change, periods which are often followed by eras of stagnation such as the Dark Ages. Future sociobiologists will want to know the details of what happened in Detroit in the late-1960s so that they can either precipitate such change in their own time or to prevent such social breakdown from happening again. This book will provide detailed information which may be of use to them.

I find it difficult to imagine, but if any 30-something should be reading this, you will no doubt be surprised to learn that your parents took LSD. Please don't ask them about it (at least wait until the chemotherapy makes them voluble), but they did. Everyone did -- at least once.
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