Motown: The Sound Of Young America by Adam WhiteThe 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.
Motown: The Sound of Young America
Its significance beyond being a massively successful record label has long been accepted wisdom. We know the hits by heart. What else is left to say? But Motown: The Sound of Young America is simultaneously more than it needed to be and less than what it could have been. It would have been nice had Motown included a lot more such photos, but instead it gives us page after page of single labels and album covers. Too much of it starts to feel like reading a discography. Of all the Motown tomes, this is one of the few to focus on the business side of the operation.
NEW BOOK IS VISUAL HISTORY OF “THE SOUND OF YOUNG AMERICA” Thames & Hudson has announced a new, authorised visual history of Motown.
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