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Where Did Out Love Go? The Rise & Fall Of The Motown Sound.

George, Nelson; Jones, Quincy (foreword); Christgau, Robert (introduction).

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ISBN 10: 0312866984 / ISBN 13: 9780312866983
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York, 1986
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250 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. MUSIC. In 1959 Berry Gordy, Jr., founded Motown Records (for Motortown) at the urging of a young songwriter names Smokey Robinson, and Gordy soon established his headquarters in a two-story building on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. The story of Motown Records is the story of the American Dream. Where Did Our Love Go? is an intimate account of everything - the people, the money, the times - that made the dream come true, and it is the story of the way in which the dream fell apart. Includes an Index. "The ups and downs of Hitsville, U.S.A., are nowhere better chronicled than in Nelson George's eye- and ear-opening book. . . . George digs behind the scenes, to the writers, the house musicians, the secretaries who wanted to sing, and all the others who built the Motown Sound. There'll always be genius and joy behind that sound, and we'll forever dance to it, but George has mixed in a bittersweet echo to it all." - Ben Fong-Torres, Gentleman's Quarterly (Key Words: Nelson George, Motown Record Corporation, African-American Musicians, Quincy Jones, Robert Chrisgau, Berry Gordy Jr., Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, Diana Ross, Soul Music, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, James Jamerson, Eddie Holland, Marvin Gaye, Thomas Beans Bowles, Beatles, Florence, Barney Ales). Bookseller Inventory # 68321X1

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Title: Where Did Out Love Go? The Rise & Fall Of ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition..

Book Type: book

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The acclaimed best selling story of Tamla Motown records - the most successful independent record label in the world. Now acknowledged by critics in both the US and Europe as the definitive account of the rise and fall of the Motown Sound. It covers the careers of all the great Motown artists - The Supremes, Marin Gaye, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Top, THe Jackson Five and many more. It tells the story behind all their hits and how the company was run on factory like principles by Berry Gordy who as a result became the richest black American in history. it paints a portrait of gullible artists signing away their rights and, eventually, falling out with Gordy over monetary matters and that many of the back room boys at Motown - the writers and the musicians who played on the records - got a pittance for their efforts.

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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 mogels 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.

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