our story

Musichead is a leading photography gallery specializing in iconic & unseen images devoted to music history.  Detroit luminary Sam Milgrom started Musichead as a 300 square-foot storefront on Melrose ave in 1998, and has since expanded it to its current location in the former Valdez Guitar Building. Representing over 80 photographers, our image archive spans genres and decades. From live shots to intimate behind-the-scenes moments, we have thousands of prints available in a variety of sizes. We are also home to exhibitions, artists talks, book signings, film screenings and intimate concerts.

Our in-house fine art custom framing studio ensures that any piece you purchase will be uniquely tailored to your tastes. From the subject matter of the photo to the finishing of the wood on the frame, we are committed to helping you adorn your home, studio or office with artwork that reflects the love we share for music.

Meet the Founder

Sam Milgrom

A deeply embedded love of music and art has led Sam Milgrom to build a nationally acclaimed music store, turn a historic movie house into Detroit’s premiere live music showcase nightclub, and launch an innovative gallery concept. Born and raised in the Motor City, this urban rocker has spent his entire life exploring every facet of the music industry and has spent his career bringing the best into the spotlight.

Sam grew his record store Sam’s Jams from one of the first punk stores in a 200 square foot storefront just outside of Detroit to a 10,000 square foot superstore. Sam’s Jams was one of the country’s largest volume independent music stores with over 500,000 records and a separate Jazz Room. It was one of the first to hold a weekly Live Concert Series, with members of Motown’s Funk Brothers as the house band. Autograph sessions at the store included Willie Dixon, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tony Bennett, Metallica, The Jam and Duran Duran. In 1982, Sam was named one of ‘Detroit’s 100 Powers and Personalities’.

In 1991, Sam rescued a 1920’s movie house and opened the live music venue ‘The Magic Bag’, which featured nationally touring rock, blues, and jazz legends (Sheila E., WAR, Leo Kottke, Graham Parker, Lee Rocker, Max Roach) while showcasing Detroit’s burgeoning talent. He produced over 300 concerts while helping to launch the careers of then rising star Kid Rock, singer-songwriters Ben Harper & Jeff Buckley, Blues singer Keb Mo, R&B singer/bassist Me’Shell Ndege Ocello, and Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

In 1998, Sam opened LA’s first gallery devoted exclusively to art by and about the world’s greatest musicians. Sam is committed to guiding Mr Musichead Gallery as it continues to add relevant and talented new artists to its roster, and newly discovered rare photographic images to its archive.

musichead manifesto

We believe there is no greater unifier than music. We believe in the power of music to help us reach our highest highs, and pull us up from our lowest lows. We believe everyone deserves access to the arts - a human right we all share. We believe in unearthing and creating art, no matter who you are or what language you speak. We believe music is the international language. We believe Music is an essential part of life. We believe everyone’s a Musichead.