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A Win For Detroit’s Musical Legacy: United Sound Systems Spared From Demolition Under New MDOT Plan

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The studio where legends including Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, and Parliament-Funkadelic recorded will be relocated.

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The studio where legends like Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, and Parliament-Funkadelic recorded albums will be spared demolition under a new plan announced by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

United Sound Systems in Detroit’s New Center neighborhood has been under threat for years due to a proposed expansion of I-94. 

MDOT now plans to move the building to a nearby location.

Listen to CultureShift’s Amanda LeClaire talk with the Detroit Sound Conservancy’s Carleton Gholz about what’s next in the group’s efforts to save this vital part of the region’s cultural history.


Amanda LeClaire, Host, CultureShift

Amanda LeClaire is Host of CultureShift and is a founding producer of both of WDET’s locally-produced daily shows. She’s been involved in radio and the arts in Detroit for over a decade.

amanda.leclaire@wdet.org Follow @amandalee_lec

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