Motown: Music, Money, Sex, and Power

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The book that answers the questions about the Motown nobody knows . . .


- Is there any truth to the rumor that the Mafia grabbed control of Motown after Berry Gordy ran afoul of violent loan sharks?
- Which Motown diva was almost run down by a station wagon after a blowout with a rival?
- How did Hollywood and the film industry sink Motown's film business after the tremendous promise of Lady Sings the Blues?
- What famous star hid from Gordy that he was the father of her first child?
- What was the secret scheme one former executive says the company developed to steal millions of dollars in "suitcases of cash" from artists and songwriters?
- Which Motown star had a violent fight with Gordy on the day JFK was assassinated?
- Was the death of the Temptations' Paul Williams by a single gunshot a suicide, as ruled by coroners, or a murder to silence him, as suspected by some colleagues?

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A sometimes troubling, behind-the-scenes history of the legendary music label offers close-up profiles of the artists, many from Detroit's inner-city projects, who achieved fame--Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Smokey Robinson, among others--detailing their rise to success, the inability of many to handle stardom, their conflicts, and more. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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Descripción Random House, New York, 2005. Soft Cover. Condición: New. Photos Ilustrador. 2005 Printing. 2005 paperback book; BRAND NEW . Never opened, Never marked . tiny dent back and edge; Still Nice Clean Gift Giving quality . 5-1/4 x 8 x 1" size ; 350 pages with index, illustrated with 16 pages matte black & white photgraphs . Motown founder Berry Gordy was only 29 years old in 1959 when he opened a record company in a rundown downtown Detroit house. He borrowed eight hundred dollars from his family, and put up a sign proclaiming the place ' Hitsville USA ' , altho he hadn't had any hits yet. Against the background of the turbulent 1960s and 70s, the Motown label set the music world aflame with classic acts that would become pop royalty, including Diana Ross and the Supremes ; Michael Jackson ; Marvin Gaye ; Stevie Wonder ; and many more. Bestselling author and investigative reporter Gerald Posner gets to the heart of the true story behind Motown, and their stars where they lived and worked, as friends, lovers, and, sometimes, vicious enemies. Based on original interviews and extensive documentation and official court records, this book is a unique story, about the rise - and fall - of an empire that provided the soundtrack of a generation. Historical photos include Berry in the early days; his house, the original studio building ; Diana Ross ; Stevie Wonder ; Rick James; and more. " Motown - Music , Money , Sex , and Power " . by Gerald Posner . 2005 softcover book, published by Random House , New York, 2005 *** Securely packed for Safe delivery ~ Shipping safely Worldwide since 1965 *** Size: 5-1/4 x 8 x 1 ". Nº de ref. del artículo: 90921

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