Birmingham, Michigan is an affluent city approximately seven miles north of Detroit. It is connected to Detroit by Woodward Avenue.
Despite its country club connotations (Oakland Hills, the US Open golf course is just outside of Birmingham to the west), Birmingham does have a history of connecting to the region's cultural history. This is especially true of music. The city has two high schools both with long-running music programs, there is a regular jazz fest that happens downtown, and there has been, from time to time, venues for live music. In addition, a number of musical practitioners have either grown up in the city, made their business here, or left their mark in some way or another.
- Punch Andrews, longtime Bob Seger manager, has had an office in Birmingham for many years. http://DetroitNews.com/article/20061213/ENT01/612010463
- Dave Buick went to high school in Birmingham and put out the first White Stripes single on Italy Records. http://ScienceOrFact.com
- Creem - Creem magazine was not founded in Birmingham but arguably had its greatest years next to the Birmingham Theatre in the 1970s and 1980s. http://Wikipedia.org/wiki/Creem
- Dan Miller went to high school in Birmingham and went on to form Goober and the Peas, Two-Star Tabernacle, and Blanche. see http://MetroTimes.com/news/story.asp?id=5705
- Paul Stookey went to high school in Birmingham and became a member of the folk-pop group Peter, Paul, and Mary. http://Wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Stookey
- Susan Whitall went to high school in Birmingham and eventually became an editor at Creem. She now writes about music for the Detroit News. http://SusanWhitall.com