Rick Ruiner Kimmer Ron Perry and Nick Marocco
photo: Heather Harris

Just got off the phone with my friend film-maker Ron Perry. He was excited to tell me that he added some new sound bites from his new batch of interviews. For me I was most excited to see Michael Davis from the MC5 and of course my dear friend Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman and the Deniz Tek Group. I was also interviewed the same day Deniz did his spot. Such fun! Check out the newly updated trailer and I have included Ron's message below.... Check it out! Kimmer is on Ron's cool participant list! xoRK

“Detroit Rocks!” project update - November 2011

Watch Ron Perry's Updated Trailer Here

We continue to receive email inquiries about our progress on the film, and for those who are interested, here's the latest:

Work continues on a daily basis. Many hours each week are spent researching the players, history, photos, film clips, and obscure recordings that make the pieces of the Detroit Rock story fit together in a cohesive way. We have whittled down our "must have" interview list to around 30, but again, the logistics of scheduling and travel to get these interviews make it a slow process. We also find that with almost every interview we do, the story grows and takes unexpected twists that we feel must be followed up on. People are constantly asking me when the film will be done, and all I can say at this point is "when we have the complete story".

Scott Morgan and Deniz Tek

Our goal is to make this film the definitive story of Rock & Roll in Detroit, and this will take time. The history is so rich, and runs so deep, that I learn something new almost every day. I can say that we have begun assembling the elements that will be the basic framework of the film, but again, until we have nailed down all the interviews we feel are necessary, it will be incomplete. One segment that is really taking shape, however, is on the origins of Detroit rock.

So many great artists were there to build the foundation in the 1950's... Bill Haley, John Lee Hooker, Nolan Strong & The Diablos, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, Andre Williams, Nathaniel Mayer, Jack Scott, The Larados, Johnny Powers, Don Rader... these were the architects of what became the greatest music scene in the world, well before Motown came along.

We are also trying to keep up with what's happening out on the scene now, which is quite a bit to take in. We continue to follow the career of the amazing young band that is taking Detroit by storm, "Shock Wave".

These unbelievably talented high school kids are the embodiment of the hopes and dreams of every kid who ever picked up a guitar or pounded on a drum kit in a garage in the Motor City. To see their energy, excitement, and passion as they follow in the footsteps of their heroes, makes for absolutely riveting film.

They have already accomplished more than most bands twice their age, and to see the journey through their eyes confirms that the legacy of Detroit rock is alive and well.

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