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Hype & Soul: Behind the Scenes at Motown [Hardcover]

Al Abrams , Bill Baker , Neil Charles Rushton
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: TempleStreet Publishing (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095695930X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956959300
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Sep 2011
By Katy
Hype&Soul is an amazing story, not just about Al Abrams and Motown but about American culture and the black movement of that period. I enjoyed learning about the lives of the musicians and singers whom I have loved listening to but knew nothing about them.
The way the book is edited is to be commended, interesting and fascinating from start to finish.
Well worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Motown Treasure Trove 21 Sep 2011
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This must be the best book about Motown in a very long time.

The book is a high quality production on glossy paper and mostly consists of images of memorabilia and photographs from Motown's early days. Take the time to read through the press releases and you will discover some absolute gems of information (like a detailed list of The Marvelettes' European television appearances from June 1965).

A story we first heard about in a taped Four Tops interview from 1966, about Holland-Dozier-Holland composing songs for The Beatles, is confirmed in a press release in this goldmine of a book.

The oft-repeated story that Bob Dylan named Smokey Robinson as the "greatest living poet" is exploded in one of many fascinating anecdotes written by Al.

It's an essential for any Motown fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MY MOTOWN 16 April 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Firsthand Account of the Early Years 23 Nov 2013
By L. Boki
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Oh how I dreamt of running away to 2648 Woodward Ave. in Detroit in my pre-teen years. I am not sure what my contribution would have been, but, I knew my passion would be fuel for great opportunities. Instead, I live vicariously through Mr. Abrams who was there until 1966. Mr. Gordy has to be commended to have a very integrated staff in the early 60s when lines were still very much in evidence.
Its exciting to read about the going ones in those little rooms in that little house. Once you visit Hitsville, U.S.A., its hard to phantom, the creative intensity that bred through these walls.
Mr. Abrams was tasked as head of Publicity. And he did an admirable job especially considering Motown was not necessarily located in an entertainment centre like New York City or Hollywood until the 70s.
But by 1964, when The Supremes and "Where Did Our Love Go" brought Motown to the masses, Mr. Abrams worked each American city and then the major world centers into welcoming, "The Sound of Young America".
It ends far too early for it doesn't even capture one of its most triumphant years in 1968, but, 1964 was fairly amazing to read about in such detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 26 Feb 2013
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Full of good and concise information and quite an eye opener to the ins and outs of the Motown record company. This book brings to life some of the people behind the scenes. Excellent read,
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