Steve Miller: Detroit Rock City

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Detroit Rock City: I’ll Read it to You, Produced by Mike E Clark

(above) Mike Clark in studio The audio book version of Detroit Rock City hits today, and it was a cool trip. I spent a few days recording it with Mike E Clark at his...

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Insider Comments on/from Detroit Rock City

This (above) is the t-shirt. Why not? Detroit Rock City is out and there are stories in there that my pal and fellow traveler Tim Caldwell has picked up on and carried...

Dick Wagner’s Own Tommy John Surgery, Comeback Player of the Year

Lou, busy being upstaged by Wagner In January 2012 I flew to Phoenix to meet with Dick Wagner, the man who schooled a legion of guitarists with his licks on a massive...

Tom Waits Waxes Musicians Selling Music for Commercials

This is the car; Clone Defects provide the music for the ad  I wrote in September about bands selling their music for commercials and it felt good. I said that I...

Funk Brother/Royaltone Bob Babbitt – Outtakes From a Recent Conversation

This morning on Detroit’s WJR radio, there were several mentions of the passing of Funk Brother Bob Babbitt. It seemed a bit tardy that one of Detroit’s recently...

Hardcore Kids Talk

I speak with Tesco Vee in the latest Revue, an alt-monthly out of Michigan.  It’s always hard playing reporter with someone who’s been a friend for 30+...

Sly & Stone Drummer On Playing Detroit in 1968: MC5 Were “Funky White Guys”

Doing the reporting for Detroit Rock City is pure pleasure not just for the people I am getting to talk with, but for the memories I get to envision.I talked this...

Lust for Laughs, Part II – Iggy and Stooges Rider 2011

Rider: A Clothes Rail With Hangers? You no doubt read the Smoking Gun post five years ago about Iggy Pop’s tour rider. Funny stuff, and today it is just as funny and...

The Rock Memoir: Everyone’s Got One

I was wandering around a bookstore and saw the new memoir from Duff McKagan, It’s So Easy: And Other Lies I picked it up and read a few pages and it was an...

Kim Fowley’s Recipe for Detroit Music Success

When it comes to no-bullshit Hollywood show biz, few spew as Kim Fowley does. He star-makes better than Prince and does it with a bluster that makes you want more. And...