Stuttgart likes to call itself the birthplace of the automobile, but Detroit is without a doubt the birthplace of its mass production. It began in 1909 with the Ford Model T. Gradually other automakers also established themselves in Detroit. Foremost among them were General Motors and Chrysler. In the following decades, this region of Michigan along the Canadian border experienced an unprecedented economic upswing.
Detroit became Motor City — or Motown for short. In cities where almost the entire economy revolves around the automobile, cultural life can’t remain untouched — especially because in the United States the automobile symbolizes the self-image of an entire country: freedom. Countless songs have celebrated the myth of freedom that is associated with the automobile. And for a long time Detroit was the engine of this movement. It was a city dedicated to full employment and full speed ahead!
"Movin’ fast, doin’ ninety-five. Hit top speed but I'm still movin’ much too slow. I feel so good, I'm so alive. I hear my song playin’ on the radio," sings the band Kiss in its mind-blowing party song "Detroit Rock City" from 1976. Even though these hard rockers actually came from New York, Detroit was the city they celebrated.