Mark binelli is chatting to a fireman named irwin in highland park michigan one of the most impoverished murderous arson ravaged areas of detroit when the conversation turns to his book. Vegetation engulfs an abandoned car wash in detroit photograph films of record when the film maker roger graef approached me last year to make a film about the rise and fall of detroit i had . I have been trying to piece together the last days of motown as an independent company and i have some questions so berry gordy sold motown to mca in june of 1988 right but what was the last album and single released before the sale what happened at the transition to its artists and staff and do you consider this the end of motown as a label. The last days of detroit by mark binelli is a tale of epic urban failure told with vitality wit and affection the abandoned packard motor car manufacturing downtown detroit photo rebecca cook . In the mid 20th century detroit was an icon of the motor industry and the backbone of americas blue collar aspirations today the legendary manufacturing plants lie in ruins and the city is a shadow of its former self how did the empire fall in the middle decades of the american century
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