As with culture, you can look at the subject of music and why the D is known for it in a few ways. First, and arguably most importantly, are the sounds that originated here and crossed airwaves throughout the world in the 1950s and 60s. Of course we're talking about the sounds of Motown: Diana Ross and The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Marvin Gaye - among many others.
A little later came Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, and later still, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper and Madonna.
Detroit's influence on music didn't begin and end with Motown and the cool sounds that developed after it; before that, Blues, Jazz and Gospel were big business in Detroit, and techno music has thick roots in Detroit, with innovative artists like...