Monday, November 01, 2010

Detroit Record Labels: A Map

I've been working hard for a couple of weeks to pull this together. It is by no means complete or perfect, but I think it's a good start.

The link below will take you to a Google Map with pinpoints of over 200 Detroit record labels throughout history. With each pin-point comes a little bit of info about that label.

I tried to stay away from labels that had multiple addresses because that became confusing. Still trying to figure the best way to tackle that issue.

I've got a separate list of labels not in the city limits that still needs more entries to be worthwhile before making public. Ideally the two will merge together at some point.

My criteria for this was simple...an address I could find for a record label. Most were taken from Keith Rylatt's essential book "Groovesville USA" but a fair amount were also gleaned from my own independent research, ie, addresses listed on the labels or sleeves in my possession.

Let the comments, additions and critiques fly in the comments section. Hope you all enjoy it.

Detroit Record Label Map

12 comments:

Jason said...

I zoomed in on something i thought i saw on Italy Records address. "Post No Bills" on the steps is fuckin cool! haha

Anonymous said...

I guess you can always go for a 'virtual' visit to Detroit whenever you get that Motor City yearning.

Anonymous said...

whoa, awesome, great work Ben.
what a testament to the fecundity of DETROIT thru the ages...

Anonymous said...

nice ben.

Luv, R

Kidchampion said...

This is amazing. Thanks, nerd.

James said...

Outstanding job. Wish I had that kind of time and diligence. Marc at dangerousminds.net posted a link to it, that's how I got here. Any way to integrate label art in the descriptions? Looking fwd to the total metro area map. And wish someone would do something like this for Chicago!

An Invisible Friend said...

Stunning ! Great work BB .

chandyside said...

This is an awesome example of man and machine working together to create something totally rad. Thanks, Ben. Hope the reward was worth the obvious effort!

Anonymous said...

Totally great, Ben. Nice work.

-Adam

luke said...

wow. this is pretty amazing, man. thanks for putting in the time & diligence for this. it'd be amazing if somebody were to pick up the torch & build on this even more, and link to music from these labels sometime..

Redman said...

Holy catfish Blackwell, that is some proper attention to detail. Have you written a history book about all this yet?

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thanks for your share.
so cool picture.