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Detroit, City of Cars, City of Music

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This article explores the relationship between the political, social and economic environment of the city of Detroit and the music of the Motown record label. During the 1960s and early 1970s Motown was probably the most important Black record label in the United States. Although almost everybody involved with the Motown label was Black, the music was successfully aimed at both a Black and White audience – this despite the volatile and hostile racial relations in Detroit. Special attention is paid to the influence of Detroit as the city of Fordism with its extremely successful form of assembly-line production on the organization and production techniques at the Motown record label.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2148/benv.2005.31.3.226

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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