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Where Did Our Love Go?: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound

Nelson George ; foreword by Quincy Jones ; introduction by Robert Christgau
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007.
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Rise and fall of the Motown sound
Music in American life
9780252074981, 025207498X
From the Publisher: 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 moguls 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.
  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword / Quincy Jones
  • Introduction / Robert Christgau
  • Preface
  • Preface to the Illinois edition
  • 1: Big dogs
  • 2: Motortown
  • 3: I need money
  • 4: Shop around
  • 5: Production line
  • 6: Chasing dreams
  • 7: Just another record company
  • Discography
  • Bibliography
  • Index.
xxi, 250 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-240), discography (p. 203-237), and index.
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