StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. It’s one of the largest oral history projects of its kind and with permission, stories are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Today’s story (recorded Summer, 2012) comes from Marsha Music. She tells of her father, Joe Von Battle – a record store owner and producer who recorded Detroit music luminaries such as John Lee Hooker, the Reverend C.L. Franklin and Aretha Franklin in their early years. Music says segregation and urban renewal not only destroyed her father’s business but helped create the conditions that sparked the events of 1967.
[I note that, in this clip, I say that Black Bottom was destroyed in the late 1950’s; actually the demolition of Black Bottom began in the late 40’s and by the mid-50’s Black Bottom had been demolished]