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Book Title: Where Did Our Love Go? The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound|
The author of the book: Nelson George
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Reader ratings: 5.6
Edition: Omnibus Press
Date of issue: September 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9780711995116
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 625 KB
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Nelson George has a nice style of writing about music. It is very unobtrusive. There are so many non-fiction writers these days that are trying to write non-fiction like a novel. They guess what the people were thinking and make some absurd far fetched assumptions. They describe dialogues and scenes that surely must have only happened in their own imagination and do whole arrays of another annoying things undermining their own credibility. Nelson George doesn’t do any of that. He only goes as far as the facts let him.
He doesn’t try to romanticise Motown story because there really is no need. The story is romantic enough. I learnt a lot of important things from this book. For example, did you know that Marvin Gaye’s father (called nomen omen ‘Gay’ - without the 'e') was a transvestite? And he shot Marvin dead! Also did you know Tammi Terrell didn’t have an affair with Marvin but she had an affair with David Ruffin from the Temptations? And can you blame her? Just look at Ruffin:
Of course Marvin himself was fine as wine and I would definitely let him have it (if he asked) but something about David Ruffin just made him look like that troubled and tormented artist some girls just can’t help but fall for.
Then there was of course Diana Ross and the Supremes. A sad story for Florence which repeated itself with Destiny’s Child (some called it Beyonce and the Destiny’s Child). I will always root for the underdog, so I will be on Florence (as well as LaTavia and LeToya’s) side forever.
I made a playlist on spotify while reading this book and I included all the songs and artists mentioned (not all from Motown). It made a really nice and varied list with lots Motown hits and more obscure tracks, as well some jazz, blues, northern soul, some doo wop and r’n’b, some funk. Here it is, all my European peoples - http://open.spotify.com/user/foxyxxx/... (everybody else, really sorry, I believe you are not allowed to have Spotify) .
Now no Music book review would be complete without a video.
Here is Rockwell. Rockwell is the son of Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown and man that made history (I mean Berry Gordy made history, his son only made this one video)
Also you just need to see this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01-2pN... the way he smiles while singing about atrocities of war - priceless.
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Read information about the authorNelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture.
Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for playing the lead in his directorial debut, the HBO movie 'Life Support'. The critically acclaimed drama looked at the effects of HIV on a troubled black family in his native Brooklyn, New York. He recently co-edited, with Alan Leeds, 'The James Brown Reader (Plume)', a collection of previously published articles about the Godfather of Soul that date as far back the late '50s. Plume published the book in May '08.
He is an executive producer on two returning cable shows: the third season of BET's American Gangster and the fifth airing of VH1's Hip Hop Honors. George is the executive producer of the Chris Rock hosted feature documentary, Good Hair, a look at hair weaves, relaxers and the international black hair economy that's premiering at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Nelson George serves as host of Soul Cities, a travel show that debuted in November 2008. on VH1 Soul. Nelson visited Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Memphis, New Orleans and the Bay Area. He eats food, visits historic sites, and hears lots of music. LaBelle, Robin Thicke, Babyface, Rafael Saadiq, Angie Stone and Jazmine Sullivan are among the many artists who talked with Nelson and perform. The second season starts shooting in Spring 2009.
Throughout the '80s and '90s George was an columnist for Billboard magazine and the Village Voice newspaper, work that led him to write a series of award winning black music histories: 'Where Did Our Love Go: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound'; 'The Death of Rythm & Blues'; and 'Hip Hop America'. He won a Grammy for his contribution to the linear notes package on the James Brown 'Star Time' boxed set. George co-wrote 'Life and Def', the autobiography of his old friend Russell Simmons. He's also had a career writing fiction, including the bestselling 'One Woman Short', and the story, 'It's Never Too Late in New York', which has been in several anthologies of erotica.
As a screenwriter George co-wrote 'Strictly Business', which starred Halle Berry, and 'CB4', a vehicle for Chris Rock. His work with Rock led to his involvement with 'The Chris Rock Show', an Emmy award winning HBO late night series. He was an executive producer of Jim McKay's film, 'Everyday People', which premiered at the Sundance festival, and Todd Williams' Peabody award winning documentary 'The N Word'. In 2009 Viking will publish his memoir, 'City Kid', a look at the connections between childhood in Brooklyn and his adult career in Manhattan, Los Angeles and Detroit.