Where did our love go? : the rise and fall of the Motown sound

by George, Nelson.

Format: Print Book ©2007.
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction ML3537.G46 2007
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Call Number  ML3537.G46 2007

Where Did Our Love Go? chronicles the rise and fall of Motown Records while emphasizing the role of its dynamic founder, Berry Gordy Jr. First published in 1986, this classic work includes a new preface by Nelson George that identifies Motown s influence on young recorders and music mogels of today, including R. Kelly, D Angelo, Sean Combs, and Russell Simmons.

Gordy s uncanny instinct for finding extraordinary talent--whether performers, songwriters, musicians, or producers--yielded popular artists who include the Supremes, the Jackson Five, Smokey Robinson, the Miracles, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, and Stevie Wonder. Not shy about depicting Gordy s sometimes manipulative and complex relationships with his artists, George reveals the inner workings of the music business and insightful material on the musicians who backed these stars. The large cache of resulting Motown melodies is still alive in commercials, movies, TV programs, and personal ipods today."

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "From its founding by Berry Gordy in Detroit in 1959 to its present in Hollywood, Motown Records has made a lot of money and inspired black musicians throughout the world. Despite the firm's noncooperation on this book, George, an editor at Billboard magazine and author of The Michael Jackson Story, interviewed many of those involved about ``the largest black-owned company in America,'' and he also tells the stories of singers Marvin Gaye, Shorty Long, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, the Miracles, the Supremes, the Temptations, and the Holland-Dozier-Holland and the Ashford & Simpson composing teams. By manipulating, pushing and stepping on people in order to establish his label and make it grow, Gordy became highly successful, but, concludes George, in the end Motown became ``just another record company.'' The excellent discography, printed on both sides of single leaves, would have been more useful as double-page spreads. Photos not seen by PW. February 3 (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Music in American life.
Subjects Motown Record Corporation.
Soul music -- History and criticism.
African American musicians.
Publisher Urbana :University of Illinois Press,©2007.
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1985.
Description xxi, 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-240), discography (pages 203-237), and index.
ISBN 9780252074981 (pbk. : alk. paper)
025207498X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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