StoryCorps Detroit: “The bar was our CNN.”

Damon “Magic” Percy and and Curtis Lipscomb are not biologically related, but they’re father and son in the LGBT community.


Damon “Magic” Percy and Curtis Lipscomb.

In this StoryCorps Detroit segment, Percy and Lipscomb talk about the house music venues where they danced the night away in the 1980s and 1990s. They also talk about the relationship between the HIV/AIDS epidemic and those spaces. As Lipscomb says, “The bar was our CNN.”

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You can download the StoryCorps Detroit podcast here or wherever you like to listen. You can also explore more StoryCorps Detroit stories online here.

Music in this piece was selected and mixed by Sam Beaubien, the creator of the StoryCorps Detroit theme music.

Image credit: StoryCorps

This post is a part of StoryCorps Detroit.

Giving people of all backgrounds the opportunity to record meaningful conversations, StoryCorps seeks to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.​ StoryCorps Detroit showcases interviews that were recorded when the MobileBooth stopped in at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the summer of 2017. Those conversations are podcast here.



About the Author

Laura Herberg

Community Reporter

Through sound-rich storytelling, Herberg covers stories about the people inhabiting the metro Detroit region and the issues that affect them. Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter 2018 and 2017.

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