Summary Motown Music Money Sex and Power 108

Motown Music Money Sex and Power

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In 1959 twenty nine year old Berry Gordy who had already given up on his dream to be a champion boxer borrowed eight hundred dollars from his family and started a record company A run down bungalow sandwiched between a funeral home and a beauty shop in a poor Detroit neighborhood served as his headuarters The building’s entrance was adorned with a large sign that improbably boasted “Hitsville USA” The kitchen served as the control room the garage became the two track studio the living room was reserved for bookkeeping and sales were handled in the dining room Soon word spread that any youngster with a streak of talent should visit the only record label that Detroit had seen in years The company’s name was MotownMotown cuts through decades of unsubstantiated rumors and speculation to tell the true behind the scenes narrative of America’s most exciting musical dynasty It follows the company and its amazing roster o This is not so much Motown's story as early Berry Gordy's Motown It's a fascinating story of a frustrated would be boxer unenthusiastic pimp and serial deadbeat womanizer who started his own record company with money borrowed from his parents and in the process created not just a socioeconomic revolution but turned a nascent industry on its headThe highlights researched in extreme detail1 Berry Gordy treated Motown as a family He drew the line when it came to paying royalties and assorted dues There was no love no family there As result he ended being sued by about 90% of the people who ever did business with him Especially by his artists2 Diana Ross is the original Cruella De Ville meets Cersei Lannister Impossible diva voracious man eater despicable human being And talking of despicable3 Marvin Gaye was a dopehead asshole from a really fucked up family shot dead by his transvestite preacher father One of 6 cross dressing brothers who spent his entire musical career trying not to be successfulGreat book

Free read ¸ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ï Gerald Posner

F stars from the tumultuous growth years in Detroit to the drama and intrigue of Hollywood in the 1970s to resurgence in 2002Set against the civil rights movement the decay of America’s northern industrial cities and the social upheaval of the 1960s Motown is a tale of the incredible entrepreneurship of Berry Gordy But it also features the moving stories of kids from Detroit’s inner city projects who achieved remarkable success and then in many cases found themselves fighting the demons that so often come with stardom drugs jealousy sexual indulgence greed and uncontrollable ambition Motown features an extraordinary cast of characters including Diana Ross Michael Jackson Marvin Gaye Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder They are presented as they lived and worked a clan of friends lovers competitors and sometimes vicious foes Motown reveals how the hopes and dreams of each affected the lives of the others and illustrates w Good high level dirt free run through of the history of Motown Other reviews note that the research isn't the best or most accurate Given that I didn't know much about Motown other than the high level dirt Gaye was tough to deal with Gordy had a relationship with Diana Ross member of the Temptations had chemical problems I can't speak to the accuracy of the finer points This is a uick clear read that made me want to know about the history of this uniue company The book fades after Motown moves to LA in the 70's which mirrors the company But the front end of the book is really engaging

Gerald Posner ï 8 review

Hy this singular story is a made in America Greek tragedy the rise and fall of a supremely talented yet completely dysfunctional extended family Based on numerous original interviews and extensive documentation Motown benefits particularly from the thousands of pages of files crammed into the basement of downtown Detroit’s Wayne County Courthouse Those court records provide the unofficial and hitherto largely untold history of Motown and its stars since almost every relationship between departing singers songwriters producers and the label ended up in litigation From its peaks in the late 1960s and early 1970s when Motown controlled the pop charts and its stars were sought after even by the Beatles through the inexorable slide caused by their failure to handle their stardom Motown is a riveting and troubling look inside a music label that provided the unofficial soundtrack to an entire generation From the Hardcover editi A must read for all fans of popular music The story behind the most successful record label of the 60s And one of only three American entertainment trademarks are known around the entire world—Hundreds of anecdotes about Motown from the artists and producers background singers and musicians road managers production staff Every page is a treasure trove of musical history Without a doubt one of the best books I've ever read on the subject of modern music Le feld-maréchal von Bonaparte : Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Français et de leur décadence of a supremely talented yet completely dysfunctional extended family Based Napoléon au Portugal : Le triomphe de l'armée luso-britannique annonce la fin de l'empire (1801-1814) on numerous Histoire des troupes suisses au service de France sous le règne de Napoléon 1er original interviews and extensive documentation Motown benefits particularly from the thousands La Tragédie du capitaine Dreyfus of pages Napoléon of files crammed into the basement La Restauration. Les idées et les hommes of downtown Detroit’s Wayne County Courthouse Those court records provide the unofficial and hitherto largely untold history L'aveuglement de Napoléon of Motown and its stars since almost every relationship between departing singers songwriters producers and the label ended up in litigation From its peaks in the late 1960s and early 1970s when Motown controlled the pop charts and its stars were sought after even by the Beatles through the inexorable slide caused by their failure to handle their stardom Motown is a riveting and troubling look inside a music label that provided the unofficial soundtrack to an entire generation From the Hardcover editi A must read for all fans Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène (1) of popular music The story behind the most successful record label La Commune et les Communards of the 60s And Les aides de camp de Napoléon et des maréchaux sous le Premier Empire (1804-1815) one Mémoires, Chaque pas doit être un but (Tome 1) of Ecorces only three American entertainment trademarks are known around the entire world—Hundreds Lettres à Anne: (1962-1995) of anecdotes about Motown from the artists and producers background singers and musicians road managers production staff Every page is a treasure trove Mélancolie française of musical history Without a doubt Opération bagration la revanche de Staline (été 1944) one L'État contre les juifs: Vichy, les nazis et la persécution antisémite of the best books I've ever read Nouvelle histoire de la France contemporaine, Tome 8 : 1848 ou l'apprentissage de la République, 1848-1852 on the subject Les soldats de la honte of modern music

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