JOIN 'MOTOWN: THE SOUND OF YOUNG AMERICA' AUTHOR ADAM WHITE FOR A FREE TALK AND DISCUSSION ON HIS WORK AT ROUGH TRADE NOTTINGHAM.
ADAM WHITE WILL BE PRESENTING PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE BOOK, WHILST TOUCHING ON THE STORIES AND BACKGROUND THAT MAKE THIS ERA SO ESSENTIAL, BOTH MUSICALLY AND SOCIALLY - WITH AUDIENCE Q&A/DISCUSSION ENCOURAGED.
*NOTE NEW DATE - MONDAY AUGUST 15TH, FROM 7PM.
'An inspired collaboration between lifelong Motown obsessive Adam White, former editor-in-chief of Billboard, and Barney Ales, Berry Gordy’s right-hand man, Motown: The Sound of Young America is unprecedented in its visual richness.
Ales’s extraordinary collection of memorabilia has been specially photographed for the book and sits alongside many previously unpublished images of Diana Ross, Jackson Five and the rest of the Motown family.
Motown captures the glamour and style of the stars on stage, the key players hard at work behind the scenes, as well as private, unguarded moments in the lives of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and more.
White’s erudite text draws on many years’ worth of interviews with Motown stars and personnel, including Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson, while encompassing the unique insights of Ales, whose association with Motown dates from 1960 and whose primary responsibility was to get the records played and the company paid. The narrative delves into the workings of the Motown machine and how a dedicated team of backroom believers turned a small family business into a popular music powerhouse. Moreover, the book contextualises the Motown story within the social history of the US at mid-century, from the boom and bust of the Motor City, to the harsh realities of segregation and the 1967 race riots, as well as the African-American civil rights movement.'
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