The Mayor, the Barber, and the Babysitter
Coleman Young has more underworld connections than you might expect of a big-city mayor. Sometimes those connections come in handy. But when his favorite niece starts dating an infamous drug dealer, Mayor Young must choose between keeping her out of trouble and keeping his hands clean.
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Coleman Young’s Lounge and Bar-B-Q
From early on in Young’s tenure as mayor, federal and local authorities frequently investigated him and the people around him. The loan he took out to establish Coleman Young’s Lounge and Bar-B-Q, and his subsequent divestment from the company upon becoming mayor, were examined by the FBI. Photo courtesy of the Detroit Public Library.
Coleman Young’s relationship with his brother-in-law Willie Volsan brought scrutiny from the FBI. Volsan’s shady dealings often presented problems for the mayor.
Jack’s Barber Lounge
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. This season is made in partnership with Gimlet Media and Spotify. It’s produced by John White, Soraya Shockley, Rob Szypko, and Samantha Lee. The senior producer is Drew Nelles. Editing by Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling. Fact-checking by Jennifer Blackman. This episode was mixed and sound designed by Robin Shore and Sam Bair. Original music this season composed by Homer Steinweiss. We recorded some original music at Rustbelt Studios in Detroit, in partnership with Detroit Sound Conservancy. Special thanks to Carleton Gholz and Maurice “Pirahnahead” Herd. Additional music by John Kusiak, Kenny Kusiak, Jon Ivans, and additional mixing by Bobby Lord. Our theme song is “Politicians In My Eyes” by Death.
Our credit music this week is “Wacky World” written, produced and performed by Detroit Soul Ambassador Melvin Davis. Archival research by Brennan Rees. Archival footage courtesy of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History and Kirk Cheyfitz. Show art and design by James Cabrera and Elise Harven. Thanks to the Detroit Free Press, Peter Bhatia, Jim Schaeffer, Mary Schroeder, Junfu Han, the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University, Mary Wallace, Melissa Samson, the Detroit Historical Society, Brendan Roney, Martin Torgler, Vince Wade, Bob Berg, Rashard Cardon, Charlie LeDuff, and everyone who shared their stories with us. Detroit is an amazing place, and we’re honored to tell a small part of its story.