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by Jim Allen

August 10, 2013

Detroit's Not Dead

by Jim Allen  |  August 10, 2013

Everybody knows Detroit's been taking a beating for a while now, and when the city declared bankruptcy, some short-sighted onlookers started circulating the misguided notion that it was all over for the Motor City. If Detroiters are anything, it's tough and resilient; just look at the legendary music scenes that have emerged there over the years, from Berry Gordy's Motown empire in the '60s to the proto-punk fury of Iggy Pop and the MC5, and beyond. These are not the sorts of sounds that come from a fragile community capable of falling apart when the chips are down.

There's been a bit of a backlash lately against all the Detroit naysayers who think it's time to give up the city. "Detroit's not dead!" the defenders proudly declare. And while the artists mentioned above are excellent examples of Detroit's mighty musical history, there's been no shortage of vital acts emerging from the town in more recent years. So here's a collection of cuts gathering some of latter-day Detroit's brightest lights alongside some vets who are still out there doing their thing. From punk to techno, they all stand to show that Detroit's legacy is alive and well in a city that doesn't give up.

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