Scion iQ Project Museum: Strata Records


The Scion iQ Project Museum features an exhaustive exhibit on Strata Records, the Detroit-based jazz and funk record label. Strata was started by trumpeter Charles Moore and pianist Kenny Cox, and supported by Detroit music luminary John Sinclair (who in turn was supported by John Lennon). In the Scion iQ Project Museum exhibit, Strata’s story is told through artifacts including a new essay from John Sinclair, photographs by his ex-wife Leni Sinclair, and rare album covers.

In the late 1960s and into the 1970s, Strata released music that was heady, funky and downright revolutionary. Strata also functioned as a live music venue and an art gallery. Its time on planet Earth was brief—they only put out six records—but it had a profound impact during its own era and on the futuristic sounds of techno in subsequent decades. Many of the photographs and much of the artwork seen in the Scion iQ Project exhibit are permanently stored at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit.

Watch a guided tour video below, narrated by exhibit architect Amir Abdullah, and then visit the Scion iQ Project Museum to learn more about Strata Records.


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