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Published 1979 by Grove Press
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Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A surprisingly bloodless account of perhaps the greatest record label in music history. In his foreword to the 2018 reissue, Greil Marcus says this book proves how amazing the existence of Motown was, but the plodding prose doesn't really give you any indication of the excitement and cultural impact.

I would also say it's the story of Berry Gordy; the performers are only mentioned in relation to him, and the musicians even less than that. To its credit, it's neither hagiography nor a hit piece,
Interesting history but not very detailed I think this was more a cliff notes version of Motown. Will need to find some other sources to get a better feel for this record label. A few tidbits were thrown in but I am have heard quite a bit about Gordy and how he ran things that were not touched upon.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone who was interested in the history of Motown.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
No deep dives here, but a good (albeit brief) overview of the rise and fall of Motown.
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I feel like I just got through a long Wikipedia post about Motown. Would have liked to see a lot more texture to the writing.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a thorough and well-written book. I went in thinking I knew a lot about Motown and its stars but I still managed to receive an education. A must read for any serious music lover.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Very basic account. Does its job as a first dive into Motown. Very fast and pleasant read.
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