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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
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Mark Slobin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190882082.003.0002

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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