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To be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown Paperback – 1 Dec 1995

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Product details

  • Paperback: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446602361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446602365
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,142,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loved this book so much have read it twice!
Berry is such an incredible character to read about. To think that his grandparents were slaves and now more than
50 years since he created Motown you still hear those songs around you every single day.
His creativity, business mind and vision of what could be achieved is second to none.
Having read many many music autobiographies, I would say this is definately one of the best for all music lovers.
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I would absolutely recommend this book to Motown fans. It gives a fantastic insight to the company and was peppered with all of the main players of this genre of music. It definitely could have been more indiscreet but it is to Mr Gordy's credit that it was not. I was surprised to learn how old he was before he became successful, he was considered a bum by his wife & family but stubbornly and in the path of great resistance followed his dream and introduced the world to some of the best music it has ever known. I mean, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gay, Jackie Wilson, it is just ridiculous how many amazing Artist this man developed and inspired. An inspirational story and one that shows that sometimes to be a little selfish & to doggedly to pursue your dream can work out.
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A fascinating read about the Motown period and Berry Gordy himself. I am now reading Mary Wilsons account of what happened and it is sometimes at Variance to Gordy's. If you liked the Motown sound this is a good read.
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Having been to see Motown the musical, it whet my appetite to learn more about Berry Gordy founder of the company. Reading this book did not disappoint me. I rated it four stars because I didn't like the swearing especially in the earlier part, but I realise it was usually used in context to recreate the atmosphere. I truly enjoyed getting insight into how Berry related to his family and artistes and I loved finding out the stories behind how songs were written which I love. I would recommend this book to every fan of Motown music.
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I chose this book as from a very early age I have loved Motown - the fabulous sound - reading this has brought the whole making of Motown into life - a must for any Motown fan - the names and stories are there to be told. Wonderful.
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Loved this book having been a big fan of Motown/Tamla most of my life. I found the life of Barry Gordy and the people who worked along side of him to make Motown music so famous through the years,very interesting.If you like Motown this book is a good read,The book starts at the beginning telling us about Barry Gordy's hard work to launch is music industry, the successes and fails of these great labels.
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Motown classics, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross & The Supremes etc...was hoping that there be more on The Jacksons, but hey the book was about Berry. A good read, definitely one for Motown fans who would like to know more about the magic and marvel of Motown. Also, one for the book shelf that will not gather dust!!
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What a fantastic autobiography of the man that created Motown. It is a great account about the man and the institution that is Motown. If you love Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson this is the book for you. It will become one of my favourite books about one of the biggest music moguls.
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