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Detroit's Image: An Audio Collage

WDET is unveiling its “Crossing the Lines” series this morning. It’s an in-depth exploration of what unites us and divides us as people and as a region.

Throughout the year, we’ve been mapping the region’s beliefs, behaviors, and the language codes people use to unite and divide.

We’ve focused on issues of inclusion, exclusion, geographical boundaries and efforts to bridge those boundaries.

Our goal is to bring new perspectives and a more inclusive range of voices and views to discussing those issues that limit the region’s potential.

Detroit’s image has long been an issue that divides the region’s residents.

As part of our "Crossing The Lines" series, WDET’s Rob St. Mary has created a sound collage of media references and perceptions of Detroit over the past 50 years.

(click the audio link above to hear the collage)

You can also download this file, right-click here and save the link to your desktop.

The list of sources, in appearance:

Mayor Jerome Cavanagh promotional film seeking the 1968 Olympics for the City of Detroit (1965)

“Cadillac Assembly Line” – Albert King

“Detroit City” – Bobby Bare

“One Piece at a Time” – Johnny Cash

“Dancing in the Street” – Martha & the Vandellas

Mayor Jerome Cavanagh promotional film seeking the 1968 Olympics for the City of Detroit (1965)

"Motor City is Burning" – John Lee Hooker

“Motor City is Burning” – MC5

“Be My Lover” – Alice Cooper

“We Almost Lost Detroit” – Gil Scott-Heron

“We Almost Lost Detroit” – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr.

“Kentucky Fried Movie”

“Airplane!”

“Robocop”

“Primetime Live” story on Detroit (1990)

Channel 7 News with Bill Bonds response to “Primetime Live” (1990)

“The Simpsons”

“Shutting Detroit Down” – John Rich

“Detroit 187”

“The Colbert Report”

“Chrysler 200” Super Bowl AD with Eminem

Mayor Jerome Cavanagh promotional film seeking the 1968 Olympics for the City of Detroit (1965)