See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

City Slang: Detroit Land

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I’m gonna keep this short because it’s Sunday and I haven’t slept in a week. But I have to advise all City Slang readers to read Richard Bak’s fantastic recent book, Detroit Land, out via Wayne State Press (who also published my own MC5 and Stooges books, if you’ll pardon the shameless self-reference.

The book is essentially a collection of some of Bak’s favorite journalistic articles from over the years, featuring fascinating, crazy and unhinged characters from Detroit’s history. The Purple Gang, “Potato Patch” Pingree, and Detroit’s own version of the Ku Klux Klan are all covered here.

Of relevance to us are the chapters in which he delves into some of Motown’s forgotten artists, including Shorty Long, Brenda Holloway and the Velvelettes.

Bak has a real gift for witty, sharp, informative and always entertaining story-telling. This book has all of that. Enjoy.

Click here to join the City Slang Turntable community!!!


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit