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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

This chapter surveys the “neighborhood” music of Detroit’s many subcultures in a city based on massive migration for auto industry work: European immigrants (including Polish, Armenian, Greek, Croatian, and others); southern white immigrants, with a focus on country music; and African Americans from the South, bringing jazz, blues, church, and other community musical expressions. Details include the networks and institutions each community built in Detroit, with regional and national connections.

Keywords:   music and southern migrants, music and European immigrant culture, urban ethnomusicology, Detroit country music, Detroit ethnic music, Detroit African American music

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