Rhythm Ride

Rhythm Ride

A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound

Book - 2015
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Berry Gordy began Motown in 1959 with an $800 loan from his family-- and developed the music that defined a generation and a movement that changed the world. While the country was on the brink of a cultural revolution, one of the most powerful agents of change in the following decade would be his group of young black performers from urban Detroit. Pinkney takes readers through the history of Motown, from the behind-the-scenes musicians, choreographers, and songwriters to the most famous recording artists of the century.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2015
ISBN: 9781596439733
Branch Call Number: j784 Pink
Characteristics: 166 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Feb 27, 2016

Definitely made me want to listen to a lot of Motown music. I read this at the same time as The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory (Seabrook), and it was interesting to compare Motown as a "factory" to the modern hit factory, and the amount of control exerted over the music. Obviously as a children's book this didn't go too deeply into the darker side of that control - it presented Berry Gordy's control over Motown artists' work and lives in a pretty positive light.


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