The speakers inside the Club Heaven inspired a primarily gay, black, youth crowd to express themselves through dance during the early 1990s. Ken Collier, Detroit’s Godfather of Techno, was a seminal DJ whose career peaked on the corner of 7 Mile and Woodward at Club Heaven. Now Heaven is gone — torn down to make way for a McDonalds — and so too Collier who died in 1996. After restoration by Detroit Sound Conservancy in partnership with Audio Rescue Team (announced this last winter), the Heaven System will be an example of authentic, Detroit technological sonic innovation reimagined for 21st century community engagement.

To learn more or get involved please see #thesearchforheaven and/or contact our director at

Photo of dancer Robert Johnson and Club Heaven Sound System in 1993 by Christopher Cushman. Learn more about him and his work at EPIPHANYNoir

Updated 15 June 2017

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