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Motor City MusicA Detroiter Looks Back$
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Mark Slobin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190882082

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190882082.001.0001

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Motor City Music

Mark Slobin

Oxford University Press

The chapter opens with the author’s personal and family musical formation as examples of how family, school and other early settings shape urban musical lives. Next comes a collage of short quotes from a couple dozen Detroiters to suggest how different types of early influences form musicians’ identities more generally. A short closing section discusses how the availability of many different musical sources within a metropolis helps to shape personal profiles, even as social distance keeps some styles and performances of music inaccessible.

Keywords:   musical memoir, family music history, early musical experience, urban ethnomusicology, Detroit musicians’ biographies

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