It appeared as a hardback back in 2016, now Motown: The Sound of Young America by Adam White and Barney Ales is published by Thames and Hudson in paperback too.
As you probably know, the 400-page volume (yes, the same number of pages) is the definitive, authorised visual history of the Detroit-based independent record company and even comes with a foreword by Andrew Loog Oldham no less. That’s a definite seal of approval.
Ok, it perhaps covers eras that might fall out of your sphere of interest (and yes, we are talking the 1980s). But let’s be honest, the story of Motown is a fascinating one even as the decades changed and this book is well worth it just for those earlier decades.
The book features extensive, specially commissioned photography gathered from the archives, as well as the graphic and design iconography used by the label.
If that’s not enough, the book has scores of interviews with key players in the Motown story, explaining just how the ‘Motown machine’ produced so many great acts and great tunes, making household names of the likes of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5 and the Temptations whilst filling dancefloors with grooves from many more lesser known names in the 1960s and still in the present day. Let’s be honest, we all love a bit of Motown.
Some imagery from the book here might just whet your appetite and if it does, the book is now available for a reduced price if you can deal with a paperback version. That new price is £24.18, which compares to the current hardback price of £36.99.