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Where Did Our Love Go? The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  119 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
This is the story of Tamla Mowtown Records, the Detroit hit factory that set the world dancing in the '60s. It presents the stories behind the rise of such all-time great acts as Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Temptations and the Jackson 5."
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Omnibus Press (first published February 1986)
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Apr 07, 2011 Kinga rated it really liked it
Nelson George has a nice style of writing about music. It is very unobtrusive. There are so many non-fiction writers these days that are trying to write non-fiction like a novel. They guess what the people were thinking and make some absurd far fetched assumptions. They describe dialogues and scenes that surely must have only happened in their own imagination and do whole arrays of another annoying things undermining their own credibility. Nelson George doesn’t do any of that. He only goes as fa ...more
Very readable, accessible even to someone like me who didn't previously know much about Motown or some of the artists. But readers who are more familiar with the music would get more out of it.
Oct 30, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it
Since I am a true blue Motown Records freak and have been since I was a kid and mowed lawns (hated it!) for money to buy my 45 RPM singles I decided to read this much praised book about the legendary record label. I pretty much gobbled it up like candy. It was an entertaining and easy book to read and really gives the reader a sense of how Motown Records was born and became so successful. It is quite detailed in describing the business dynamics involved as well as the musical journey. Mr. Gordy, ...more
Steve Hart
Jan 23, 2011 Steve Hart rated it it was amazing
hits all the major points despite its 200 page brevity. the last chapter ain't nuthin' gut a heartache though. what a f'n tragedy for most of these people.
Jun 03, 2013 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
This is a well-researched and swiftly paced history of Motown, the label whose music is one of America's great cultural contributions along with jazz and baseball, but also a somewhat perfunctory and lifeless one.

It's probably a book that should have been a hundred pages longer, allowing George to really delve into the stories of the groups, executives, and musicians who made Motown what it was, but Motown's notoriously close-ranked business model prevented George from getting anything other th
Ron Coulter
Apr 10, 2015 Ron Coulter rated it liked it
In the 1960s, Motown released a string of pop masterpieces. By the mid-1970s the label was virtually irrelevant. What happened? Where Did Our Love Go? largely answers this question. Nelson George explores the personalities and inevitable conflicts that arise when money and power are at stake. At the center is the label's founder Berry Gordy. As the preface notes the book has no heroes, no villains - "just ambitious people."
James G.
Sep 07, 2015 James G. rated it really liked it
Very readable. Best though when reaching for higher points, but those are rare. Perhaps if there were more, it'd've pushed the length much further, as the author'd go in more depth, too, on the characters. Right now, the length is just-right.
May 12, 2014 Nate rated it liked it
Was fine but I was hoping it would be a bit more in-depth. Enjoyed the early stuff best. Didn't realize Berry Gordy was such an accomplished songwriter pre-Motown.
Aug 19, 2014 Kelsey rated it it was ok
Long chapters that were so disorganized, it was hard to follow where the author was headed to or who he was talking about. It was a lot of dense information packed tightly in very long chapters.
Jeff Tucker
This is a very straightforward story of the rise and fall of Motown. All the information is there but there isn’t much soul or drama to the book. I enjoyed learning about Berry Gordy and all the Motown artists and musicians but I would have enjoyed a book with a little more flair. It’s readable but not great.
John Gannon
Feb 11, 2013 John Gannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music, motown
The best Motown book.
I like that he finishes the story with Motown moving to L.A., where it became just another record company.
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Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture.

Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for playing the lead in his directorial debut, the HBO movie 'Life Support'. The critically acclaimed drama looked at the effects of HIV on a troubled black family in his native Brooklyn, New York.
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