Groovesville - Detroit Soul & R&B ( published 3 of our pictures )

I don't normally post the books and magazines that my wife and I have pictures published in, but this one is a topic close to my heart. I love reading about the history of Detroit, especially those stories that you don't always hear or may have forgotten. My wife and I are fortunate to have 3 pictures included in this 320 page book that was just released in England. It covers everything from the beginnings of the recording industry in Detroit to Coachman's and Fortune Records, The Flame Show Bar, James Jamerson and Earl Van Dyke, and anything you can think of related to Detroit Soul music, including the labels and artists that inspired ( and later became competition to ) Motown Records. Information on the book can be found here: - you can also view a few pages inside the book, etc. A cd has also been released.

  • Chris 5y

    most excellent.
    Nice stuff
  • billyvoo 5y

    "If you dont toot your own horn, know one else will."
    Who said that?
    Congrats man, It dont get much kooler than this.
  • Ken Cadel 5y

    Very cool!
  • dreaminofbeadin 5y

    Sweet! My husband would really love this, the music and Detroit history buff that he is.
  • Ron Abfalter 5y

    Yup!!! Gotta love it.
  • Justin McCormick 5y

    Great stuff, man!
  • J D 5y

    That's awesome! Congrats man
  • Sean Posey 5y

    Very nice. It's good to see you have an active interest in the history of Detroit.
  • Scott Laidlaw 5y

  • Robert Monaghan 5y

    Phenomenal, Derek. Congrats, and I can't wait to see this book.
  • HMan82 5y

    Awesome! Keep up the inspiring work!
  • dkonn 5y

  • tleparskas 5y

    Great work. I love the Detroit soul sound. What's sad is that it's bigger in the U.K than right here in our back yard. Like the "Funk Brothers' movie, it's great someone is keeping the story alive. And, great oldies still play on AM580! Tootin' the horn.
  • DetroitDerek Photography ( ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ) 5y

    The funny thing is, it seems it's almost always been that way. There's a chapter in the book about it. Even in recent times performers such as The White Stripes and Brendan Benson made it big over there before they did here.
  • Keith Rylatt 4y

    Hi Derek, many thanks for allowing me to use your atmospheric images, especially the shot of Coachman's Records. With ref to the popularity of Detroit Soul in Britain; this has been the subject of much debate over decades and there has yet to be a fully rational explanation in my view. The following is almost exclusively white and mainly working to lower middle class and generally over the age of about 30 up to 70. We would be horrified if it were suggested that it was an `oldies weekend nostalgia` scene, it's a way of life. Folk over here are fanatical, Detroit label tattoos, kids named after artists or even labels, if the Precisions or similar perform they can expect a 2000 audience etc .....but why? I just don't know!
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