Marsha Music

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October 25, 2014 -“From All Sides” – Reception for the art show of Marsha Music’s “The Kidnapped Children Of Detroit”

"Jump Rope", painting by Kathleen Rashid

“Jump Rope”, painting by Kathleen Rashid, 1985

Opening Reception on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 7:00-10:00 p.m.
9338 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck Mi. 48212
(Just north of Holbrook, next to CVS) parking on Joseph Campau and elsewhere. Park at CVS at your own risk, the sign says they will tow)
(the exhibit will run from October 25, 2014 to November 15, 2014).

From the 9338 Gallery’s Press Release:

Marsha Music’s remarkable autobiographical essay “The Kidnapped Children of Detroit” starts with a child’s eye view of white flight out of the city, long underway by the 1960’s, and ends with a discussion of current issues around gentrification and “white flight in”. Although undoubtedly written from a personal viewpoint, it distinguishes itself by seeing the issues surrounding race relations in the city, and the corresponding traumatic population shifts, from a wide range of perspectives.

In its honesty and generosity, it manages to transcend the standard narratives of blame and development without sacrificing the need to tell the history of what happened to the people of the city. It suggests the need for atonement between the city and suburbs, and for mutual respect between old and new residents.

In this gallery-based discussion, we will read the essay, write it on the gallery walls, present other artwork that is consistent with the spirit and/or content of the essay, and display personal responses to the essay solicited both directly and through open-call. We welcome all responses, to be printed out and displayed, which can be mailed to, by Thursday, October 23, 2014.

From Marsha Music:

I am the writer of the Kidnapped Children of Detroit, an essay in the book The Detroit Anthology. I am honored to have been asked by gallery owner/curator Steve Panton to allow him to present my words on the changes in Detroit as works of art and catalysts for dialogue.
I am calling upon those interested and inclined to share your thoughts, memories and recollections of the flight of Detroiter’s out of the city, and of the flight back to Detroit. It has been my vision that my words will evoke memories that will inspire the telling of stories essential to the healing of this city.
If you email text in advance to the address and by the time above, your words (and photos if you wish) may become part of the displayed exhibition at the opening reception; and, if time permits and you are willing, you may be called upon to share your reminiscences during an open discussion of the show. Please send your responses to My essay can be found here:

I look forward to contributions to this important Detroit story “from all sides.”

Further information:
Phone 313-2089826

Kidnapped triptych


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NPR/StoryCorps Oral History Project: Marsha Music


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.

via StoryCorps: Marsha Music.

[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]