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Sense of Place: Detroit


"We took our Sense of Place series to Detroit for the rich history of Motown and The Stooges and White Stripes, but also because we had heard so many young people talk about the city’s cultural renaissance, and we found both." -World Cafe host David Dye

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SESSION: Was, Not Was from the World Cafe Archives

We go back into the archives today for a session with the, at the time, briefly reunited Was (Not Was) who toured in 2005 and came by the World Cafe. They had not...Read More
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SESSION: Vintage Cafe, White Stripes’ Jack White from 2003

Jack White may have left Detroit for Nashville but Detroit is the city where The White Stripes began and Third Man records as well. This session took place in 2003 when The...Read More

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Ann Delisi Top 5

To find out about new local bands for our Sense of Place series stop in Detroit we went to the source, Ann Delisi, the host of Essential Music on WDET-FM. A close observer of...Read More
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Detroit’s Electric 6 Sing About “Human Sexual Behavior, Masculinity, Dancing, Fast Food and Fire”

Our Sense of Place visit to Detroit continues with the venerable six piece Detroit garage, disco, punk rock, new wave, and metal band The Electric 6. The band has been together since 1996 and...Read More
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Producer Don Was Comes Home To Detroit To Record Hip-Hop Artist Mike Ellison

A special session for our Detroit Sense of Place series. It features Detroit hip-hop musician Mike Ellison. He is known for his strong performances and his social activism performing at Detroit’s annual Concert...Read More
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The Music And Story Of Rodriguez Of Waiting For Sugarman

For our Sense of Place series we are revisiting an interview with the Detroit musician Rodriguez. This interview was recorded in 2009 when Rodriguez's early 70s albums Cold Fact and Coming From Reality...Read More
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Guitarist and Producer and Life-Long Detroiter Dennis Coffey

Guitarist Dennis Coffey spent a lot of time in The Snakepit (the musicians nickname for Motown’s Studio A). Coffey tells us today how he got in with producer Norman Whitfield at Motown when...Read More
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Jason Stollsteimer Of Von Bondies Finds A New Sound With The Hounds Below

Even before the popular garage rock band The Von Bondies started to dissolve in 2009, lead singer Jason Stollsteimer was already writing the poppier songs that make up the repitoire of The Hounds...Read More
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Don Was Plays Bonnie Raitt, B-52’s And More of His Productions

We are resurrecting the very first of a World Cafe series called Producer Profiles from 1992 when we talked with Don Was about his work with a number of artists including Bonnie Raitt...Read More
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An Indepth View With Guitarist/Intellectual Wayne Kramer Of The MC5

If we are going to get any Sense of Detroit’s place in rock history, the whys and whos, it is from our guest today, Wayne Kramer. In the 1960s Wayne was co-founder of...Read More
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From The Archives The Debut of The Raconteurs from 2006

For our Sense of Place Detroit we go back to 2006 for our first visit with a new band that people already had expectations of because one member was Jack White of...Read More
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Author Steve Miller Talks His Oral History Detroit Rock City

How did Detroit become Detroit Rock City as author Steve Miller says in his Uncensored History of Rock 'n' Roll in America's Loudest City? The book is an oral history with everyone...Read More

Episode Guide

Sense of Place: Detroit Episode Guide

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ann-delisi-top-5

Ann Delisi Top 5

To find out about new local bands for our Sense of Place series stop in Detroit we went to the source, Ann Delisi, the host of Essential Music on WDET-FM. A close observer of...Read More
detroit-s-electric-6-sing-about-human-sexual-behavior-masculinity-dancing-fast-food-and-fire

Detroit’s Electric 6 Sing About “Human Sexual Behavior, Masculinity, Dancing, Fast Food and Fire”

Our Sense of Place visit to Detroit continues with the venerable six piece Detroit garage, disco, punk rock, new wave, and metal band The Electric 6. The band has been together since 1996 and...Read More
producer-don-was-comes-home-to-detroit-to-record-hip-hop-artist-mike-ellison

Producer Don Was Comes Home To Detroit To Record Hip-Hop Artist Mike Ellison

A special session for our Detroit Sense of Place series. It features Detroit hip-hop musician Mike Ellison. He is known for his strong performances and his social activism performing at Detroit’s annual Concert...Read More
the-music-and-story-of-rodriguez-of-waiting-for-sugarman

The Music And Story Of Rodriguez Of Waiting For Sugarman

For our Sense of Place series we are revisiting an interview with the Detroit musician Rodriguez. This interview was recorded in 2009 when Rodriguez's early 70s albums Cold Fact and Coming From Reality...Read More
guitarist-and-producer-and-life-long-detroiter-dennis-coffey

Guitarist and Producer and Life-Long Detroiter Dennis Coffey

Guitarist Dennis Coffey spent a lot of time in The Snakepit (the musicians nickname for Motown’s Studio A). Coffey tells us today how he got in with producer Norman Whitfield at Motown when...Read More
jason-stollsteimer-of-von-bondies-finds-a-new-sound-with-the-hounds-below

Jason Stollsteimer Of Von Bondies Finds A New Sound With The Hounds Below

Even before the popular garage rock band The Von Bondies started to dissolve in 2009, lead singer Jason Stollsteimer was already writing the poppier songs that make up the repitoire of The Hounds...Read More
session-don-was-plays-bonnie-raitt-b-52-s-and-more-of-his-productions

Don Was Plays Bonnie Raitt, B-52’s And More of His Productions

We are resurrecting the very first of a World Cafe series called Producer Profiles from 1992 when we talked with Don Was about his work with a number of artists including Bonnie Raitt...Read More
was-not-was-from-the-world-cafe-archives

Was, Not Was from the World Cafe Archives

We go back into the archives today for a session with the, at the time, briefly reunited Was(Not Was) who toured in 2005 and came by the World Cafe. They had not had...Read More
an-indepth-view-with-guitarist-intellectual-wayne-kramer-of-the-mc5

An Indepth View With Guitarist/Intellectual Wayne Kramer Of The MC5

If we are going to get any Sense of Detroit’s place in rock history, the whys and whos, it is from our guest today, Wayne Kramer. In the 1960s Wayne was co-founder of...Read More
from-the-archives-the-debut-of-the-raconteurs-from-2006

From The Archives The Debut of The Raconteurs from 2006

For our Sense of Place Detroit we go back to 2006 for our first visit with a new band that people already had expectations of because one member was Jack White of...Read More
author-steve-miller-talks-his-oral-history-detroit-rock-city

Author Steve Miller Talks His Oral History Detroit Rock City

How did Detroit become Detroit Rock City as author Steve Miller says in his Uncensored History of Rock 'n' Roll in America's Loudest City? The book is an oral history with everyone...Read More
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Vintage Cafe: White Stripes’ Jack White from 2003

Jack White may have left Detroit for Nashville but Detroit is the city where The White Stripes began and Third Man records as well. This session took place in 2003 when The...Read More

Map

Detroit Map

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Photos

Detroit Photo Gallery

Photos for Sense of Place: Detroit by Kim Junod, World Cafe Senior Producer, Bob G Media and Susan Tusa

Videos

Sense of Place: Detroit - Videos

Videos for Sense of Place by Bob G Media


Points of Interest

Sense of Place: Detroit - Points of Interest


Bars

  • Cafe D'Mongo's Speakeasy
    Site: yelp.com
    Map: 1439 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226
    Description: A little French looking cafe on Griswold, nestled on a street with Detroit's only synagogue and a strip club. Go early for BBQ ribs, chicken, mac&cheese, greens, black-eyed peas and cornbread.
    Recommended By: XPN
    Media: Video
  • Old Miami
    Site: yelp.com
    Map: 3930 Cass Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201
    Description: Tucked away on Cass Corridor, The Old Miami has been a Detroit fixture for decades. Pay this cozy, unpretentious bar a visit and you'll see why it remains a favorite among all walks of life.
    Recommended By: XPN
    Media: Video
  • PJ's Lager House
    Site: pjslagerhouse.com
    Map: 1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
    Description: A Corktown fixture since 1914 when it opened as a neighborhood bakery and restaurant. It masqueraded as a furniture store during Prohibition but emerged a beer garden.
    Recommended By: XPN
    Media: Video

Museums

  • 5 E Gallery
    Site: 5egallery.org
    Map: 4605 Cass Avenue Detroit, MI 48201
    Description: The 5e Gallery is a non-profit visual art and hip-hop culture gallery located in the Historic Corktown District of Detroit. They are dedicated to being the foremost hip hop based Art Gallery / Performance Space in the world for djs, graffiti artists, photographers, bands, etc.
    Recommended By: Mike Ellison
    Media: Video
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
    Site: dia.org
    Map: 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
    Description: The heart of a great museum is its collection and The Detroit Institute of Arts is proud to claim one of the largest, most significant art collections in the nation.
    Recommended By: XPN
    Media: Video
  • MBAD'S African Bead Museum
    Site: mbad.org
    Map: 6559 Grand River Ave. Detroit, MI 48208
    Description: The museums mission is to build and organize collections of beads, beadworks, textiles, sculptures and other cultural relics which exemplify the vastness of the African people's material culture. They present exhibitions, publications, and public programming, and are a resource center.
    Recommended By: Mike Ellison
    Media: Video
  • Motown Museum
    Site: motownmuseum.org
    Map: 2648 W Grand Blvd Detroit, MI 48208
    Description: Despite the passage of time since Motown Records' establishment in 1959 by Berry Gordy, tens of thousands of visitors pass through Hitsville U.S.A., home to the Motown Museum, each year.
    Recommended By: XPN
    Media: Video
  • The Heidelberg Project
    Site: heidelberg.org
    Map: 3600 Heidelberg St, Detroit, MI 48207
    Description: An open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit's East Side.
    Recommended By: XPN
    Media: Video

Other Points

  • Eastern Market
    Site: detroiteasternmarket.com
    Map: 2934 Russell Street, Detroit, MI 48207
    Description: Local food market with more than 250 independent vendors and merchants processing, wholesaling, ad retailing food that has been feeding the Detroit community since 1891.
    Recommended By: XPN
    Media: Video
  • Michigan Central Station
    Site: historicdetroit.org
    Map: 2405 West Vernor Highway
    Description: Nothing symbolizes Detroit's grandiose rise and spectacular fall like Michigan Central Station. No other building exemplifies just how much the automobile gave to the city of Detroit — and how much it took away.
    Recommended By: XPN
    Media: Video

Restaurants

Shops

Studios

  • Submerge
    Site: submerge.com
    Map: 3000 E. Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48202
    Description: Submerge was established in 1992, as a hub for Detroit's independent dance music labels. As a manufacturer, it produces 12" records, compact discs and merchandise. In addition, there is a gallery located upstairs.
    Recommended By: Mike Ellison
    Media: Video

Venues

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