New book, Detroit (Maiden Energy) now available for purchase
Acclaimed Collection is Part One of a Retrospective
Award-winning Detroit composer and singer/musician Carolyn Striho just released a collection of some of her poetry and lyrics spanning her lifetime of music. Detroit (Maiden Energy) is a critically acclaimed compilation of Striho’s expansive body of work, ranging from rock to soul/pop to gypsy folk. Striho is embarking on a tour to promote the book that kicks off in the place where she began: Detroit.
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Praise for Detroit (Maiden Energy)
“Carolyn Striho is the personification of Detroit Rock energy, charisma, beauty and talent. On stage, she is a force of nature, but this collection of her poems and lyrics allows us to experience this dynamic artist in a more intimate and personal way. Carolyn Striho is long overdue for a book just like this!”
“Carolyn Striho’s verse and poetry allow readers rare insights: We can shiver or drink inside frigid Michigan winters, we can align with the overlooked and forsaken, we can see strange beauties where few others do, we can rock ’n’ roll in ways only Detroiters understand. The gifted Striho, who grew up a performer first, mixes cultures and tropes and music and literary disciplines with the grace of a Temptations harmony, all while her note-perfect words and lines shift beneath our feet, challenging us with head-spinning verve. This book is a rare song indeed.”
“In her song lyrics and poetry, Carolyn Striho opens up her heart and her head, blending emotion and psyche into a brave and provocative look into herself and the world around her. Whether it’s direct or abstract, you get engrossed in her words without even thinking about it, taking the trip willingly and coming out the other side all the better for it.”
Upcoming Shows & Appearances
Did you miss the EBird & Friends Holiday Show?
No worries — here’s a video of the first set. Carolyn appears around the 26:00 mark with a rockin’ ska version of “Jingle Bells” followed by a cover of “Christmas Wrapping,” a song by The Waitresses.
Watch the video at this link.
Carolyn was recently featured in the December 2019 issue of Metro Parent magazine. Click the link or image to read it!
Read Carolyn’s latest blog
So it has been three (!) months since I last updated the blog, and we're starting more rehearsals, recording and booking live shows. After a very tough year, and many shows being cancelled, now we have some new songs and energy! We will be back onstage, too. And we'll...
Carolyn was featured in the November 6, 2019 issue of Detroit Metro Times. Click the link or image to read it!
Carolyn and her husband Scott are grateful to for the Michigan music community and honored to be included on a special Michigan music compilation CD to help raise money for the wife of Grand Rapids-based singer/songwriter Ralston Bowels, who is currently battling cancer. Read more about it at Local Spins. The compilation, which features over 30 songs from artists across Michigan, can be purchased at CD Baby.
Carolyn’s writing also appears in new Detroit music poetry anthology
While there have been countless books written about Detroit, none have captured its incredible musical history like this one. This collection of poems and lyrics covers numerous genres including jazz, blues, doo-wop, Motown, classic rock, punk, hip-hop, and techno. Detroit artists have forged the paths in many of these genres, producing waves of creative energy that continue to reverberate across the country and around the world. While documenting and celebrating this part of Detroit’s history, this book captures the emotions that the music inspired in its creators and in its listeners. The range of contributors speaks to the global impact of Detroit’s music scene—Grammy winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and poet laureates all come together in this rich and varied anthology, including such icons as Eminem, June Jordan, Fred “Sonic” Smith, Rita Dove, Jack White, Robbie Robertson, Paul Simon, Nikki Giovanni, Philip Levine, Sasha Frere-Jones, Patricia Smith, Billy Bragg, Andrei Codrescu, Toi Derricotte, and Cornelius Eady.
Carolyn headlines Dancing with the Survivors, debuts new song
Those on the Front Lines of Cancer
Carolyn is one of many survivors interviewed and appearing in the new PBS documentary, “Those on the Front Lines of Cancer,” now airing on Detroit PBS. Her award-winning song “Enchante” (Billboard magazine) is featured in the film, as is her brand new song, “I Will Rise,” which she debuted at The Pink Fund’s 77th Annual Dancing with the Survivors event.
For more information, visit http://ontodaysfrontlines.com/cancer/
Carolyn’s former radio co-host, Mike Halloran, on bringing New Wave to Detroit
Before the Electrifying Mojo was playing artists like Kraftwerk and New Wave, they had a home on WDET.
It was Mike Halloran along with his co-host/musician, Carolyn Striho, who championed punk and new wave music. Mike talks with current host Ann Delisi about how he got his start on WDET, calling Detroit DJs to get obscure progressive rock music played, Detroit’s influence on the trajectory of certain music genres and why he called the show “Radios in Motion.” Click to take a listen to Ann Delisi’s interview of Mike Halloran.