Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Detroit Techno City: Exporting A Sound To The World" from NPR

"This Memorial Day weekend, techno music and its fans come home — to Detroit — for the annual Movement Electronic Music Festival.

Today, most of techno's audience is in Europe. But its futuristic sound was nurtured by African-Americans in Detroit in the 1980s. It all started in the late '70s, when a Detroit radio DJ named Electrifying Mojo put music on the air in a way that had never been heard before in the city: Kraftwerk plus Jimi Hendrix; Rick James plus the B52s and Phillip Glass – all on a spaceship."


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