Motown: The Sound of Young America is the definitive, beautifully produced visual history of Motown, the most successful independent record company in the world.
Motown became a prolific and hugely successful production line of suave, sassy and sophisticated music through the 60s, 70s and 80s. This exceptional book features extensive specially commissioned photography of treasures gathered from the archives. It also captures the graphic and design iconography that underpinned Motown’s extraordinary creativity.
Packed with fresh insights gleaned from scores of interviews with key players, this revealing book delves into the workings of the Motown machine and details how a dedicated team of backroom believers, white and black, turned a small family business into a popular music powerhouse. This was the home of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Temptations and many more.
Motown: The Sound of Young America is a spectacular labour of love befitting an incredible story.
Awarded a Certificate of Merit in the category of Best Historical Research in Record Labels, from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence 2017
'Delves deep into the secret life of Detroit’s revered home of soul ... An illuminating path into a familiar story … an essential Motown work'
'The definitive history of the Detroit-based record company … this is a riotous and political celebration of a great American brand'
'An excellent, no expenses spared publication'
'The story of the record label that produced more US No1s than The Beatles, Elvis and The Stones … it’s all covered in this visual history'