Motown: The Sound of Young Americaby Adam White, Barney Ales, Andrew Loog Oldham (Foreword by)
The music of Motown defined an era. From The Jackson 5 and Diana Ross to Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Berry
The official visual history of Motown, the legendary record label that brought us some of the greatest recording artists of all timefrom Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson to Marvin Gaye and The Jackson 5and changed music forever
The music of Motown defined an era. From The Jackson 5 and Diana Ross to Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy and his right-hand man, Barney Ales, built the most successful independent record label in the world. Motown not only represented the most iconic recording artists of its time and produced countless global hits, it created a cultural institution that redefined pop, and gave us the vision of a new America: vibrant, innovative, and racially equal.
In this first official visual history of the label, new research, a dazzling array of images, and unprecedented access to the archives of the makers and stars of Motown lend new insight to the legend. In addition to extensive specially commissioned photography of treasures extracted from the Motown archives, as well as the personal collections of Barney Ales and Motown stars, Motown: The Sound of Young America draws on interviews with key players from the label’s colorful history, including Motown founder Berry Gordy, Barney Ales, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wilson, founding member of the Supremes, and many more.
White (The Motown Story) has been writing about music for more than 40 years. Working with Motown founder Berry Gordy's right-hand man Ales, he delivers a lavishly illustrated, wonderfully written history of Motown. Although the music and personalities involved in the Motown story have been richly mined (readers looking for salaciousness can refer to books such as Gerald Posner's Motown and the biographies by J. Randy Taraborrelli, alternatives to Gordy's self-serving autobiography To Be Loved), this is balanced insider knowledge that greatly exceeds the others visually, packed as it is with fabulous photographs and album art that celebrates the record label that provided the soundtrack to exciting and changing times, and readers will treasure the deep dive into the era and the vast, firsthand information on Motown artists. Fans should be dancing in the streets. VERDICT Not to be missed, this is a book to get lost in, and anyone with an interest in Motown, the Sixties, and the social and musical landscape of a generation will find this a supreme delight.—Bill Baars, Lake Oswego P.L., OR
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Meet the Author
Adam White has written about music for more than forty years. He scripted the Grammy-nominated radio documentary The Motown Story, was editor-in-chief at Billboard, and coauthored The Billboard Book of No. 1 R&B Hits. He was vice president of communications at Universal Music Group International from 2002 to 2012.
Barney Ales was Berry Gordy's right-hand man. Ales rose to become executive vice president and then served as its president from 1975 to 1978.
Andrew Loog Oldham is a record producer, talent manager and author.
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