Detroit has an amazing musical history—jazz, Motown—but the most influential musical memory for me was the birth of techno from the Belleville Three in the late Seventies. They started off on Cybertron Records, which became Metroplex Records. Somebody else might curate a totally different show on Detroit and concentrate on Motown but if I tried to make the show too historical on all fronts it would just turn into Disney’s Hall of Presidents. You know, “Welcome to Detroit!”
Cybotron and Metroplex records, 1978 – 2000s, Cybotron: Private collection, New York Metroplex: courtesy Alex from Queens. Photo by Robert Costello. Image courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.