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Open Access Thesis

Date of Award

January 2022

Degree Type


Degree Name




First Advisor

Joshua Duchan


Although house music was invented in Chicago, the genre has flourished in Detroit. Legendary DJs like Ken “The Godfather” Collier and Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale, helped pave the way for generations of house DJs and producers in Detroit, a city more known for producing techno. The genres of techno and house are related but distinct, the work of Detroit producers that worked in both styles proves as a useful case study for making distinctions between the two genres. This work examines the history and current practice of Detroit house music, contrasting it with Detroit techno and Chicago house. Using scholarly literature on house and techno, and consulting a range of print, audio, and visual sources, a focused picture of house in Detroit emerges.