You won't see this many Detroit 7"s in one place, outside of area record stores

When I first met Ben Blackwell about six years ago , I was super impressed by his ferocious devotion to crate-digging. I remember him saying he'd buy any obscure Detroit record that he'd never heard of, on the off chance that it might be great.

Ben, who believes he's found the first Detroit hip-hop 12", is one of the main forces behind Third Man records, was the White Stripes' archivist, runs the Cass record label, is a solo artist, has done some great compilation records. Anyway, this is one video of a guy talking about his record collection that you might actually want to see.

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Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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