Kid Rock Gives $20,000 To Crowd-Funding Drive For Orbit Magazine Book

Author Rob St.Mary and the Wayne State University Press announce today that Kid Rock has donated $20,000 to the crowd-funding campaign for "Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology," a heavily illustrated WSU Press book that will recount more than 35 years of Detroit cultural history through three magazines, White Noise, Fun and Orbit.

The magazines, heavily infused with satire, were each edited by Jerry Peterson, a.k.a Jerry Vile, left, a local artist and provocateur who has been known more recently as the impresario behind the annual Dirty Show of erotic art.

"It's an honor to receive this gift of support from Kid Rock in support of my upcoming book," said St. Mary, a former WDET-FM staffer who now lives Aspen, Colorado. "Kid Rock has shown that Detroit history, culture and community matter to him."

(For St. Mary's story about how the donation came to be, click here.)

Rock, a.k.a. Robert Ritchie, appeared in more than 25 issues of Orbit as he was launching his career. He first appeared in Issue No. 9, in December 1990.

Rock's gift was more than the $17,000 fund-raising goal, and puts the total at $23,635.

St. Mary's Patronicity page describes Orbit, which ran from 1990-99, as "a magazine that helped to show us how cool the place" -- Detroit -- "really was years before the New York Times, French filmmakers, or others were telling anyone about us. You’ll see the evolution of great performers in music and art starting out here before they became internationally known: Jack White and the White Stripes, Kid Rock, ICP, Electric Six (then, the Wildbunch), His Name is Alive, the Gories, Techno innovators like Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, and more."




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