Talking Detroit Music with Carolyn Striho and Joe Molloy

Thursday, June 8, 2023 - 6:30pm

Schuler Books
Gateway Center
7260 Orchard Lake Road,
West Bloomfield Twp, MI 48322

Join acclaimed singer/songwriter Carolyn Striho and author Joe Molloy in a discussion about Detroit music framed by their new books Detroit (Maiden Energy) and Acid Detroit.

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About the Books:

Detroit (Maiden Energy)
Collection of poetry and song lyrics by Detroit rocker Carolyn Striho. Striho's most recent album, Afterthought, was on the GRAMMY(R) Awards 2018 First Ballot for Best Rock Album of the Year. Carolyn has won 11 Detroit Music Awards and a Billboard Magazine Award for her songwriting, albums, musicianship and live performances. Carolyn also has toured overseas six times in Europe, and also had a two-month tour of Japan. She's played many national and international festivals including Lollapalooza, Rome Italy's Donne In Musica, London U.K. Meltdown, and many more.


Acid Detroit
Acid Detroit tells the story of Motor City through its revolutionary music past and present, in order to find the seeds of radical transformation among its ruins.

Acid Detroit is an exhilarating, technicolour view of Detroit’s musical and social history from the 1960s to the present day. 

Redefining the counterculture as a time of Acid Communism, Acid Detroit diverges from most books on the Sixties, which centre on California, to show that Detroit was an unequalled hotbed of radical activism, urban unrest and sonic innovation. 

Considering Detroit's unique mix of people and cultures and enduring sonic legacies, it covers everything from incendiary garage rock, to European-influenced techno and experimental hip-hop crews, intertwining the artist’s lives and works with the city’s rise and decline, from its establishment as an industrial powerhouse to the high point of Motor City, into its decline and tentative rebirth. 

A mind-expanding tour through time and space that explores the lost possibilities, histories and hidden potentials of the city, Acid Detroit reveals a history of resilience and transformation hidden in the shadows of the abandoned factories and warehouses of the Motor City.


About the Authors:
Joe Molloy is a resident of Detroit. He is reappraising the histories handed down to him through radical critical perspectives with the intention of shaking the settled past up into dazzling new patterns. One of the emerging voices of his generation at just twenty-two years of age, Acid Detroit is his first book.

Wildly original, melodic and passionate, Carolyn Striho’s music has been described as written “from the silver edge of midnight” (All-Music Guide, USA). Regarded as one of the city’s best singer/songwriters, Carolyn has a reputation for charismatic performances on guitar and keyboards. Carolyn’s alluring vocal delivery with a rock and roll folk eclectic sound is hypnotizing. Carolyn was on the Grammy Awards First Ballot 2018 for Best Rock Album (“Afterthought”). She has received 11 Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding Albums, Musicianship, Outstanding Songwriter and more.

Carolyn was also on the Grammy Awards First Ballot 2022 for Best Spoken Word Album for her book Detroit (Maiden Energy), which is a volume one of Carolyn’s lyrics and poetry reaching deep into a music lifetime. Detroit (Maiden Energy) received great reviews from NPR, Billboard, Metro Times, Hour Detroit and more. Published by Aquarius Press Detroit, the book was on Amazon’s best new sellers, a best seller at Horizon Books Traverse City and a feature in several newspapers and magazines. Carolyn’s poetry is also featured in Respect: The Poetry of Detroit Music from Michigan State University Press. One of Carolyn’s new poems will be in the upcoming Rock and Roll Anthology by Cervena Barva Press. 

She’s toured with poet and rock icon/singer Patti Smith in Michigan, through Toronto and in London, England. Carolyn’s performed with Don Was, Was (Not Was) with her band Detroit Energy Asylum, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Slits, The Ramones, Iggy Pop, The Isle of Wight, U.K. and in London, U.K. with Yoko Ono, Steve Earle, Tori Amos, Sinead O’Connor and much more. Carolyn’s brought her poetry and music to Italy, being invited there three times, and to Japan, where she did a residency for two months in Osaka.

Carolyn’s also a Wayne State University graduate, a special education teacher and breast cancer
survivor. She is embarking on a 2023 tour with husband/guitarist Scott Dailey and their band, debuting new songs and a new album and hopefully her new poetry book this year.

Acid Detroit: A Psychedelic Story of Motor City Music By Joe Molloy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781914420511
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on title for location specific availability.
Published: Repeater - April 11th, 2023

Detroit (Maiden Energy) By Carolyn Striho Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733089838
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on title for location specific availability.
Published: Aquarius Press - October 10th, 2019