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Album: Rodriguez, Coming from Reality, (Light in the attic)

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.

Album: Rodriguez, Coming from Reality (Light in the Attic)

Sixto Rodriguez may represent the most unlikely disinterral of hidden hippie rock genius since the likes of Drake and Buckley became household names.

Jeremy Warner: Keeping American dream on the road

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.

Ford execs cut their salaries

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.

Eminem: The fall and rise of a superstar

In 2006, after the murder of his closest friend, hip-hop's most talented star became its most notorious recluse. As he returns with a new album, Guy Adams travels to Detroit to find the truth behind the tales of breakdown, paranoia and tortured genius

Album: Various artists, The Original Eight Mile, (Westbound)

Psychedelic wig-outs from the vaults of Detroit's Westbound Records, which was established in 1968.

Cold comfort in Detroit

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.

Put your hands up for Detroit

The US car industry finally has sight of a rescue plan but it must now persuade Congress it can deliver its side of the bargain. Stephen Foley reports

Car industry rescue splits Democrats

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.

Levi Stubbs: Lead singer of the Four Tops whose powerful vocals helped define the Motown sound

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."

Richard 'Popcorn' Wylie: Tamla Motown pioneer who became a cult hero for Northern Soul fans

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.

Big wheel: 100 years of the Motor City

Detroit got Americans on the road and gave the world Tamla Motown. It's also the gateway to the spectacular shores of the Great Lakes. Ben Ross hits the highways of Michigan

The art of love: Henry Fuseli

Where sex and fear meet

Pervis Jackson: Detroit Spinners bass vocalist

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.

Rupert Cornwell: Down trodden Detroit fights for its very soul

Out of America: How much worse can it get for a city, when a house is sold for $1, the mayor faces corruption charges, and even the T-shirts warn you off?
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