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If you haven’t heard of United Sound Systems in Detroit, you’re not alone. The recording studio, occupying a modest residential building on the edge of Wayne State University campus for the past 74 years, doesn’t have the same worldwide brand recognition as Motown’s legendary “Hitsville U.S.A.” headquarters, now a museum, nor has it been active for at least the last six years. If a proposed federal highway reconstruction plan is executed, the building itself would be moved, if not demolished entirely.
It’s also just one of many pieces of the city’s rich musical heritage that needs protection to endure, a responsibility that Carleton Gholz has accepted through his non-profit organization the Detroit Sound Conservancy.