Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story by David Maraniss will be released in September. This video features Maraniss reflecting on one piece of Detroit’s history: its music. He traces the rise of Motown Records, founder Berry Gordy Jr., and its unmatched roster of talent including Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and 12-year-old Little Stevie Wonder (who just turned 65 in May.)
Maraniss has a thorough website, which includes a playlist of all of the songs mentioned in Once in a Great City. He also includes another video interview through which he explains the inspiration to write this book about Detroit.