The scores of old masters held by the Detroit Institute of Arts might have fetched hundreds of millions of dollars at auction
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Sunday 03 May 2009
The second album by the "lost" Detroit-Mexican spirit of late-1960s psychedelic folk-pop Sixto Rodriguez. Don't expect the rush of Cold Fact, but do expect to be engaged in a way that makes yer fink.
Friday 01 May 2009
Sixto Rodriguez may represent the most unlikely disinterral of hidden hippie rock genius since the likes of Drake and Buckley became household names.
Tuesday 31 March 2009
Outlook President Barack Obama gave a number of reasons for wanting to save the core of the American car industry yesterday after rejecting the survival plans submitted by management. Unfortunately, very few of these reasons were commercial. Rather, the President referred in dewy-eyed hyperbole to the importance of the automobile as an emblem of the American spirit that had helped to build the very fabric of the nation. The car, he concluded, was the very essence of the American dream.
Thursday 26 February 2009
The chairman and chief executive of the beleaguered Ford motor company have volunteered to cut their salaries by 30 per cent this year, in an effort to show that they share the pain of less exulted employees. In a memo to staff, Bill Ford and Alan Mulally said the company needs to work together to ensure its success. The Detroit giant has so far avoided the multibillion-dollar government handouts needed by cross-town rivals General Motors and Chrysler.
Wednesday 04 February 2009
Sunday 18 January 2009
Psychedelic wig-outs from the vaults of Detroit's Westbound Records, which was established in 1968.
Monday 12 January 2009
The organisers of the Detroit Motor Show did their best to drum up excitement on the first day of the show yesterday, unveiling the winners of the North American car and truck awards of the year – the Hyundai Genesis and the Ford F-150.
Thursday 11 December 2008
Friday 21 November 2008
A power struggle is developing inside the Democrat party between West coast environmentalists and the union-sponsored representatives of the party's industrial heartland, in a battle that will affect the future of the cash-strapped US car industry and shape President-elect Barack Obama's efforts to tackle global warming.
Monday 20 October 2008
At the height of the Swinging London era one song so overpowered the UK music scene that 1966 was deemed the year of "Reach Out I'll Be There". The American group that unleashed the hit was the Four Tops and the singer who powered the song was Levi Stubbs, whose voice has been described by Smokey Robinson as "one of the greatest of all time."
Tuesday 14 October 2008
The pianist, songwriter, producer, bandleader and occasional singer Richard "Popcorn" Wylie was in at the birth of Tamla Motown. He played on "Shop Around", a 1961 hit for the Miracles, on "Please Mr Postman", a US chart-topper in the same year by the Marvelettes, and also cut a rollicking cover version of Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)", the label's début hit.
Saturday 04 October 2008
Saturday 20 September 2008
Friday 22 August 2008
The fine art of blending vocals in a group is one that was beautifully exemplified by the line-up of the Detroit Spinners. The group's foundation was the bass singing of Pervis Jackson, to which was added Henry Fambrough's baritone and the tenor voices of Bobbie Smith and Billy Henderson. These four were the group's mainstays, but additional fifth members who came and went included Philippe Wynne, whose distinctive falsetto and high tenor graced several hits between 1972 and 1977.
Sunday 17 August 2008
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
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