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Published 11/21/2007

The story behind What's Going On'
Top of the pops

Renaldo Obie' Benson had the world dancing, and then he shook it with What's Going On'
by Don Waller
11/9/2005

Insights into many of our Motown picks
Pagliacci in the hood

An interview with Herb Jordan, editor of the lyric anthology Motown in Love'
by W. Kim Heron
1/10/2007

Long-form looks at the hit-producing albums
Big bangs

Whatever it is, we've composed a list of R&B and rock 'n' roll records that we think shook the world in some way, that generated new genres and cast ...
by Brian Smith
5/1/2002

Some peeks behind the scenes at jam-kickers the MC5
Reprise

A world tour rekindles that old MC5 energy — and controversy
by John Sinclair
6/9/2004

Returning to the scene of the crime
Wayne Kramer talks Bush, drugs, sobriety, the Iraq war, MC5 lawsuits and the Dixie Chicks
by Brian J. Bowe
6/7/2006

Motsi Ski of Detroit's Most Wanted (of No. 31), grandson of Jackie Wilson (of No. 84)
Still wanted?

Detroits Most Wanted founder on D-Town rap, DMW and Jackie Wilson
by Khary Kimani Turner
5/24/2006

Mark Farner and Don Brewer recall the good times
Still in a Grand Funk

How the boys from Flint exploded, imploded & still haven't patched things up
by Fred Mills
8/14/2002

The turmoil behind the Slum sound
Slum Village square

Surviving roster changes, meltdowns and rip-offs
by Khary Kimani Turner
6/23/2004

A close look at a Detroit singularity
The real Slim Shady

You've only heard half the Eminem story — until now.
by Hobey Echlin
10/30/2002

A long, lingering look back on the Romantics' career
Test of time

From MTV darlings to state-fair gigs to an epic legal battle and back.
by Brian Smith
9/10/2003

Back to the front
Detroit techno militants Underground Resistance rethink the politics of dancing for the hometown market.
by Hobey Echlin
8/19/98

The sweet twist of success
Jack and Meg White earn national stripes.
by Melissa Giannini
5/30/2001

underground resistance member:
From Detroit to Tokyo

How DJ Jeff Mills helped shape not just a music scene, but an international culture
by Carleton S. Gholz
5/23/2007

Champ's town
Rap maestro and the link to Esham, Kid and Em'
by Brian Smith
12/15/2004

The Merda files
Their brand of black rock' was a Motor City anomaly. Finally, more than 30 years after calling it quits, the international kudos are piling high for Black Merda.
by Fred Mills
12/1/2004


Bubbling under:

Maurice King on record
Maurice King's arrangements were dynamic, audacious works that played a significant role in establishing the Flame as a major entertainment spot. ...
by Jim Gallert
7/21/2004

What do we have to prove?
Trying to make sense of the tragedy
by Khary Kimani Turner
4/19/2006

Warns World
After more than 10 years, His Name Is (still) Alive.
by Melissa Giannini
11/15/2000

Shes got hell to raise
Bettye Lavette goes from teen soul sensation to perennial opening act to hipster headliner
by Don Waller
8/29/2007

Out come the freaks
Surrealist political funk rockers Was (Not Was) re-form just in time for the apocalypse
by Brian J. Bowe
12/29/2004

Serious Bell
How a trumpeter from Chester, Pa., became the face of Detroit jazz.
by W. Kim Heron
8/27/2003

Motown badasses?
Sure, the Detroit Cobras are strutting international indie stars, but don't call 'em a cover band
by Brian J. Bowe
10/5/2005

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