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Motor City Music: A Detroiter Looks Back

Mark Slobin


The book combines memoir, interview, and archival sources to survey the musical life of the author’s hometown, Detroit, in his youth during the city’s heyday, 1940s–1960s. After an opening chapter on the formation of personal musical identity, the focus shifts to the formative role of the public school system in educating and shaping the careers of waves of highly talented youth, many of whom became leading figures in African American and classical music nationally. Next comes a panorama of the “neighborhood” subcultural musics of European, southern white, and southern black immigrants to Detr ... More

Keywords: Detroit mid-century history, American music 1940s-1960s, urban music history, subcultural music history, public school music history, Jewish Detroit, urban ethnomusicology, music and urban migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190882082
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190882082.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Slobin, author
Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music, Emeritus, Wesleyan University