5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2011
As an ex motown dj I find this book very interesting and informative, a must read for anybody that would like to know what motown was really like in the early days. full of suprises, Its one of those books once you start reading it , you find you don't want to put it down. well done to Gerald Posner. 10 out of 10.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2007
This really is a warts n' all book and like the very story of Motown it started with all (all together, all family, all conquering) and ended with warts. If you LOVE Motown, like me, and it played an indelible part of your growing up and appreciation of music, you like me will love the first 2/3 of the book but be brought crashing down by the 70's demise when Gordy let go of the music reins to make it in Hollywood, and for Diana Ross. A lot of the book is 'Soul Swindle' and McClarens Sex Pistol's version is small fry indeed to what went on here. I lost count of the lawsuits from artists, lost count of cash backhanders to get records played, lost count of money flushed away by succeeding President's of the Company and lost count of how much Gordy made/spent/lost/made. Lots made that's for sure and despite it all, for his 60's genius, probably deserved. Shame the artists didn't always get what they deserved royalty-wise or just what they deserved in general which brings me to...
One thing for sure. All the things you have heard about Diana Ross, even if this book is only half truths (and I guess it's more than that or Ross would have sued and stopped it's publication)leaves you with the sourest taste in your mouth. To have been with her, worked with her, worked for her, manage her, pamper her, after she made it,was a living hell. Ego and arrogance of stellar proportions. She really was a coniving and pretty horrible person.I saw her live twice in the 80's in the round at the NEC Birmingham. Brilliant. Pleasant. Butter wouldn't melt. Yes, well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2015
Bought this for my dad, who's a massive Motown fan. I hoped that there would be some bits of information in here that he hadn't come across before, but didn't get my hopes too high. Dad loved it. The book reveals a whole other side to the Motown story that even hardcore enthusiasts like my dad probably haven't heard of. He liked it so much that he recommended it to my mum and she keeps telling me how much they both enjoyed it. Perfect for the person who thinks they know everything there is to know about Motown