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REVIEW: "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" Exhibit at the Henry Ford (Part 2 of 5)

In 2012 I found myself on at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland on assignment from Motorcityblog. The museum was massive and contained 6 floors of exhibits. A music lovers dream come true.

A music lover trough and through, I jumped at the chance to cover the "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" touring exhibit brought to you by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and having it's final U.S. touring stop at the Henry Ford in Dearborn. A large collection of over 250 pieces of memorabilia from 70 women in rock and roll history.

There is so much to cover in regards to the exhibit that I plan on releasing my "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" review in five parts over the next few weeks.

Before a song is recorded often the song is constructed via pen and paper with lyrics. If you love the power of song lyrics and the legacy of handwritten lyrics giving birth to some classic songs, than this exhibit has you covered.

Here's Janis Joplin's handwritten lyrics  to “Move Over”...


Displayed are Joni Mitchell  handwritten lyrics from first album, Songs To a Seagull, including the songs "Cactus Tree”, “Marcie, and “Night in the City”...

Handwritten lyrics to Madonna's "Erotica" from 1992...

 Janet Jackson's handwritten lyrics notebook open to “Rhythm Nation”...

 Patti Smith's handwritten lyrics to “Space Monkey”...

Handwritten lyrics to The Runaways “Cherry Bomb” by Joan Jett and Kim Fowley...

Keeping your life organized as a rock star can be difficult at times. Many artists had their own appointment books to keep everything in check. This exhibit was lucky enough to have some of them in the collection.

Aretha Franklin's appointment book from 1981...

Pages from Madonnas 1992 appointment book...

**All photos by Adrianne Johnston**

The "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibit runs till August 17, 2014 so be sure to stop by before it's engagement ends. You will not be disappointed.

The "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibit is FREE to view with regular Henry Ford admission ticket.

Admission Ticket prices are as follows:
MEMBERS- free of charge
NON-MEMBER SENIORS age 62 & up- $15
NON-MEMBER ADULTS age 13-61- $17
NON-MEMBER YOUTH age 5-12- $12.50
CHILDREN 4 & under- Free

Details: 313-982-6001 or The Henry Ford Website


Detroit Derby Girls at Eastern Market

Detroit's favorite outdoor market and your Detroit Derby Girls combine to bring you a fun summer event - for FREE.

This is a rare opportunity to catch the Detroit Derby Girls live from the streets of Eastern Market at 2 pm June 29.

The game will feature two teams made up from all your favorite Detroit Derby Girls skaters from our five home teams.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

The game will take place in Eastern Market behind Shed 3 at 2698 Riopelle Street Detroit, MI 48207

Lineup for Woodbridge Summer Fest

5169 Merrick St Detroit, MI 48201
WBSF Time Schedule:

12:00am- Cold Men Young
11:00pm- The High Strung
10:30pm ******** *** ******** *
10:00pm- Deastro
9:30pm- Destroy This Place
9:00pm- Le Voyage
8:30pm- Palaces
8:00pm- Carjack
7:30pm **** ***
7:00pm Citizen Smile
6:30pm The Paper Sound
6:00pm Ronny Tibbs and the 305’s
5:30pm Belterra
5:00pm TART
4:30pm Kopelli
4:00pm Dvas
3:30pm Prude Boys
3:00pm The Means
2:30pm King Eddie
2:00pm Young Punk
1:30pm Humons
1:00pm Anna Bitzinger
12:30pm River Spirit
12:00pm Liquid Monk

WIN FREE TICKETS: Drive-By Truckers at The Royal Oak Music Theatre on 9/13

Georgia's alternative country band, Drive-By Truckers, just announced their return to Detroit on September 13 at The Royal Oak Music Theatre in support of their tenth studio album, 
English Oceans

Shoot us an email at for your chance to win FREE TICKETS to this huge show!

If you don't want to try your luck, here is the ticket link to assure that you'll be inside of this show!


Singer, Poet, Writer, Actress and  Spoken Word Artist LYDIA LUNCH is coming to Detroit This Saturday for a musical retrospect and a lecture.

Lydia Lunch RETROVIRUS is an all-star cast of sonic brutarians in a no-holds-barred survey of Lunch’s musical output, from 1977 to the present. Including music from Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 8 Eyed Spy, Queen of Siam, 1313 and Shotgun Wedding. Lydia Lunch has spent decades trolling through the subterranean sick-home black & blues creating a schizophrenic musical legacy which loops from shrill No Wave to bludgeoning hard rock, from smoky jazz noir and illustrated word to macabre psychedelia. Lunch is joined in RETROVIRUS by guitarist Weasel Walter (The Flying Luttenbachers, Lake of Dracula), drummer Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore), and bassist Tim Dahl.

Preceding the concert, Lunch and Walter will present No Wave Now, a lecture that traces the cultural history of No Wave which Lunch is often considered a pioneer of.
For more information check out the RETROVIRUS site HERE
LYDIA LUNCH can be found HERE

This Special event all goes down on:

Saturday, June 28 at 8pm

Admission: $12 ($8 for MOCAD Members)

MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit)
4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

UPCOMING: Michigan ElvisFest in Ypsi 11-12 July

11-12 July 2014

Riverside Park, Ypsilanti, MI will be transported back in time to pay tribute to one of America’s most recognized figures –Elvis® Presley®. The 15th Anniversary of the Michigan Elvis®Fest is one of a handful of events that is sanctioned by Elvis® Presley Enterprises, Inc. The local charities that we are supporting this year are Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, (YMOW) and the S.O.S. Shelter 

For two special days, July 11 & 12th, 2014 there will be award winning Elvis Tribute Artists that will perform the songs from the hip-gyrating 50’s to the Jumpsuit/ Concert years of Elvis’ life. We are thrilled to bring back to the stage Leo Days, and Robert Washington, as well as your other favorite ETAs, including 3 new to Ypsilanti ETA’s, as well as other Tributes to Legends of the past. All backed by Chicago’s amazing Change of Habit Tribute Band, and Ronny Craig, a great performer in his own right, and the most sought after emcee will be there to take you  on this journey.

Saturday only: Our kids korner will have 4 different bouncers, a balloon making magician, crafts to make & take, face painting and much more.  Kids 12 & under are free to enter, and all kids activities are free. AND America’s Most Wanted Car Club will be bringing their classic cars, and fans can vote on their favorites.


Ryan Dillaha and The Miracle Men release a special 45 in honor of the late Michael Millman

This Friday at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, Ryan D. and the boys hit the stage in support of a very special 45 released by New Fortune Records. The record features recordings the band made before the passing of Michael Millman- the bass player and founding member of the Miracle Men.
Also on the bill is Dutch Pink, Oak Bones and John Freeman. $10 cover for 18 and up includes a digital download from each of the four acts.

If you don't mind me adding a personal note to this post, I must say its been difficult to look at this poster so often anticipating this show. In my journalistic duties at MCB I certainly haven't had to write on a subject that pulls at my heart strings so dramatically as Mikey Millman was a very close and dear friend- a friend I confided in every day for the better part of the short few years I knew him. He was a great listener and sincere in conversation. He was honest and sometimes humorously crass, a humanitarian and worldly. Mike not being much of a drinker, I laugh having the memory of the time I actually had some beers with him at New Way Bar- he burped something fierce from it. He left many devastated from his passing but it's closely followed with some memory to smile about so I'll consider that his gift of still being around. 

rest in peace my brother. 

This Friday at the Loving Touch- the Summer Pledge, Vasudeva and the Anonymous

As a fan of the Summer Pledge, it's sad to say this will be their final show. They leave us with a handful of releases- 2 full lengths You Are You and Vessels with a few 7" records. The Facebook event page says all the merch is available at  -pay what you'd like- so I strongly suggest picking up some of the vinyl before its gone forever. 

On a lighter note, the band Vasudeva is also playing. The Jersey boys are offering up a free download of a record available July 5th on their site or

and check this out- also on the bill is the Anonymous 

$5 - 21 and up welcome
The Loving Touch is located 22430 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale

Artist Talk Saturday: "Her Purse Smelled Like Juicy Fruit" by Carl Wilson


Final Weekend For Two Great Shows!

Her Purse Smelled Like Juicy Fruit: Linocut Art by Carl Wilson

Artist Talk: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 2pm

Hatch Gallery, 3456 Evaline St., Hamtramck

Show runs through Saturday, June 28, 2014
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 1-6pm

This exhibit of linocut prints is based on the artist's recollections of his mother, Louise Wilson, after coming to the realization that he didn't know her very well at all. The work is larger than just recounting her life. It is a look at what we expect from family, especially our parents. It is about dashed expectations. It is about the need to accept others for what they are. And it is about "one of the purest pleasures" had by the artist as a child: to sneak and smell her open purse, which always smelled like Juicy Fruit gum.

Carl Wilson currently lives and works in Hamtramck. His work has been shown in local, national and international exhibitions. In 2013 he received a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Visual Arts.

Kate Paul: Sketchbook Chronology

May 18—June 28


Café 1923
2287 Holbrook
Hamtramck, MI

Weekdays 7AM - 9PM
Weekends 10AM - 7PM (map)

Studio For Rent

Starting immediately, there is a studio available to rent at the Hatch Art Center, 3456 Evaline, Hamtramck. It is 11x14, with a double pane window and a solid door. Wifi, secure, 24 hour access, utilities all included.
Call Scott at 248-514-9630 if interested.

Hatch Art
3456 Evaline Street, Hamtramck, MI, United States
Hamtramck, MI 48212


STATIC, CreepynCute Shop/Piper & Chris Smith present...ZOMBIE APOCALPSE II - “CANCER FEARS THE D”

A Benefit for the American Cancer Society via The Walking Hope!

Get ready Detroit! STATIC/CreepynCuteShop/Piper & Chris Smith invite you to join them this summer for ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE II ~ Cancer fears the D! A Benefit for The American Cancer Society via The Walking Hope for ACS. The Walking Hope is a Chicago-based charity brand created by Bradley Egel. The Walking Hope is comprised of survivors, caregivers and fans of The Walking Dead television show. The charity raises awareness and hosts fundraisers that benefit the American Cancer Society. Visit the Walking Hope here: 

The apocalypse is an entertainment extravaganza featuring music, burlesque, sideshow acts, an apocalyptic art gallery and more! It commences on Saturday, June 28th at The Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom located at 715 E. Milwaukee in Detroit. 18 & over admitted, 8 pm doors, 9 pm showtime, $10 suggested minimum donation. Dress to impress in your deadest attire! Hunters welcome! Citizens BEWARE!!!

Event Emcees: Dirk Belligerent & OTTO the Autopilot of Culture Vultures Radio Show

Silent Auction: All vendors will be donating items to be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society via The Walking Hope. There will also be many signed items from Walking Dead stars up for auction! 

Other items for donation are welcome. Auctioneer 
is Ringmaster Zeb of The Octopus Umbrella Circus announcing silent auction winners.

Musical Guests: 

Burlesque by:
  • Lushes LaMoan (Metro Times “Best of Detroit 2014” “Best Burlesque Troupe” ~ Detroit Dizzy Dames)
  • Kitty Paige 
  • Holly Hock
  • Candy MacnToosh(Runner up, Ms. Zombie-Con at the 1st Annual DETROIT ZCON 2013)
Belly Dancers:
  • Shetan Noir
  • See Girl Shimmy
Other performers:
  • Christopher "The Big Icky” The Human Blockhead and Dare Devil” 
  • Anastasia Gold – The Zombie Queen!
  • Tarot Cards by Shetan Noir
  • Body painting by Stacia Gorsuch- The Painted Magpie
  • Live painting by Armageddon Beach Party
Apocalyptic Art by:
  • Brain Lewandowski
  • Alyssa Jade
  • Amanda Zins
  • Stella Rothe Wilfinger
  • Jackie McKown
  • Holly Hock
  • Justine Incarnadine
  • John Juan
  • Michael McMaster
  • Armageddon Beach Party
Incredible Edibles by: Sidecar Detroit

  • CreepynCute Shop (Metro Times Best of Detroit 2014 winner of “Best Local Etsy Shop”)
  • Front Page Free Press (Best of Show in the Gallery of the Dead at the 1st Annual DETROIT ZCON 2013)
  • Graven Images Metalworks
  • Rotten Tots
  • CustomCreations by Danielle
  • Home Maid Sweets
  • Dead Beat Music Artwork
  • 9 Designs Emporium
  • Corpsed FX
  • Zombielocks
  • Classic Horrors
  • Squirreled Away Books
  • Fear the Crooked Corpse
  • Armageddon Beach Party
  • Red Anvil Books

Tilted Axes: Detroit (313), Music For Mobile Electric Guitars

The Detroit Historical Society presents
TILTED AXES: DETROIT (313) Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

Saturday, July 19, 2014 
This event is FREE and open to the general public

Tilted Axes: Detroit (313) is made possible with project sponsors and supporters:

Peppergreen Media (ASCAP), Midtown Detroit Inc., The Detroit Institute of Arts, WDET -FM 101.9 Detroit, The Metro Times, Showtime Detroit, The Detroit Artists Market, GAMA - Discover Guitar, Pignose Amps, GHS - The String Experts, Korg USA, & Vox Amps 

Detroit, MI - June 25, 2014

In 2011 Patrick Grant, a New York City-based composer/performer and Detroit native, created Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Guitars for the Make Music New York celebration of the first day of winter. The title of the project refers to the axial tilt of the Earth that brings about seasonal change as well as playing upon the word “axes” which is slang for one’s guitar or other musical instrument. Since then Tilted Axes has had a number of manifestations in NYC, one in Detroit in 2013 for the first day of spring, and now looks forward to European versions beginning in September.

What is Tilted Axes? It is a body of musical works that are performed as a procession by approximately 30 guitarists with portable mini-amps worn by each performer. They are accompanied by drums and percussion and are led by standard-bearers holding a banner. The ensemble, whether in NYC, Detroit, or Europe, is made up of local musicians, in this case, musicians from the greater Detroit area, who receive the music and improvisational structures that Grant creates in advance via MP3s and PDF files. They workshop and rehearse days prior to the event, customizing it and adapting it to the nature of the ensemble and to the requirements of the event and its featured performers. 

Tilted Axes has always been event specific, whether it was to celebrate the first days of winter or spring, the mayoral inauguration in NYC, or the opening of the performing season in Europe. 

For this year, the Detroit Historical Society (DHS) has asked Grant to bring the project back to Detroit to celebrate the city’s 313th anniversary on July 19th. Dubbed “Tilted Axes: Detroit (313),” the event is in three parts; the first starts at the Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI at 1:00pm. It consists of a procession through Midtown Detroit with stops at various locations (the DIA, the Science Museum, etc.). A detailed procession route is forthcoming via the project web page.

The second part begins when the procession returns to the Detroit Historical Museum. The players will perform outside in a circle within the museum’s Legends Plaza.

The third part consists of a procession within the museum and culminates in its auditorium. The events presented by the DHS will conclude at approximately 5:00pm.

As an added bonus to the day, beginning at 6:00pm, the musicians will be performing another procession at the entrance to Comerica Park before the Detroit Tigers game.  


The Music: For this event, Grant will add to the current Tilted repertoire by introducing new variations on the Tilted Axes themes that reflect the musical history of Detroit. The stylistic slant of these pieces would follow this plan: 

1950s - Jazz/Blues
1960s - R&B/Motown
1970s - Rock/Proto-Punk
1980s - New Wave/Techno
1990s - Hip Hop/Hardcore
2000s - 21st Century ~ Synthesis
Each one of these styles represents a distinct contribution that Detroit has made to music in the last 60 years. The 21st century is left “open” because, musically speaking, the city is going through a period where all of these styles are being combined to create new genres. This is the present.

TILTED AXES: DETROIT (313) - Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
Performance Schedule, July 19th, 2014

Presented by the Detroit Historical Society (DHS) 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 
1:00 pm - Gather @ DHS Legends Plaza
1:30 pm - Procession through upper Midtown - the DIA, Science Museum, et al.
3:00 pm - Reconvene & announcements @ DHS Legends Plaza
3:13 pm - Performance @ DHS Legends Plaza
3:45 pm - Procession in DHS Museum - 3 stops: Old Detroit, Engine Drop, Kid Rock Lab
4:30 pm - DHS Museum finale in auditorium
5:00 pm - Completion of DHS event - break - move to Comerica Park
6:00 pm - Procession @ Comerica Park before Detroit Tigers' game *
6:45 pm - END (w/ possible performances at local venues in the evening) *

* These events are in addition to the DHS presentation

Complete info at the project web page: