Oral History

Live 6 Sound: The Chessmate

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The Chessmate, at the corner of Livernois and 6, has a history of late night concerts, cutting-edge acts, and legendary troubadours, as well as nights of joy and pain, from high school students watching James Cotton play harmonica in the middle of Livernois, to a teen being shot by the Errol Flynns after a night […]

National Digital Stewardship Alliance Talk this Saturday

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Our Executive Director Carleton Gholz will be discussing digital audio preservation and cultural ethics in Detroit music for the Great Lakes THATCamp at Wayne State University this Saturday morning. The informal conference is presented by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) and the Wayne State School of Library and Information Science. You can find more […]

Model D. Article on Upcoming Conference

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Our founder, Carleton Gholz, wrote this week about our upcoming Detroit Sound Conference. He also summarized the DSC’s last two years of sonic organizing. At one point he wrote: “We believe that journalists are archivists as well as important critical voices who ask the “so what” question when interviewing music makers and crafting sonic stories. […]

Dalphond Conserves Sounds / Stories

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Photo above: DSC Vice Presidents LaVell Williams and Denise Dalphond in front of the Blue Bird Inn, Detroit. Conferences are not just for talking heads and academic circles. The conference can be a primary method of telling musical stories and documenting oral histories. The conference is also an effective tool for public exploration of themes […]

Preserving the Graystone Legacy

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What ever happened to the Graystone Ballroom? For those who remember, or were lucky enough to be around during the heyday of the vibrant, African American community known as Paradise Valley, they know how important the Graystone was to Detroit. It was one the area’s main attractions. The Graystone Ballroom was a famous Detroit entertainment venue […]