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Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit by Lars Bjorn with Jim Gallert

Detroit’s prolific jazz heritage has been thoroughly researched and documented in Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert’s Before Motown. The book focuses on the musicians and socioeconomic conditions in Detroit in the era before Berry Gordy’s sound overtook the city’s music scene.

Before Motown is well illustrated with photos and advertisements, and there are numerous informative footnotes and several maps of jazz venues from different eras. Bjorn and Gallert’s text is interweaved with articles from various publications and interviews with notable musicians and observers.

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