Detroit and Motown: The Rise and Fall of Two Giants by: Edward Higgins, D.M.A

 

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If you grew up in the 1960s, you would have been just as familiar with the music of Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, or The Supremes as you would have the Ford Mustang or the Chevrolet Camaro. Motown and the muscle car were destined to be linked, and Detroit was their Genesis.

 

This book portrays the story of a city that rose to prominence as the automotive capital of the world, and when it seemed that the Motor City had become invincible, all of the prosperity and grandeur was reduced to nothing.

 

Detroit’s auto industry extended the luxury of traveling the open road to the common person, granting them the opportunity to explore all of America in a way that previously had only been afforded to the wealthy. When the industry peaked, Detroit native, Berry Gordy, spearheaded a movement that would change the popular music industry and the way it was experienced for good; he would be known as the father of Motown.

 

This book not only depicts the development of a city, but the story of how Berry Gordy went from aspiring boxer to music mogul when he borrowed 800 dollars from his family and founded a record company that promoted black music performed by black musicians. Like the city in which it was based, the company would rise through the turmoil of the 1960s to transcend the "color barrier." Then, following suit with Detroit itself, Motown fell almost as quickly as it had risen.

 

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