Thursday, December 31, 2015

Rhythm Ride

Rhythm Ride: A Roadtrip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney  166 pp.

In 1959 Berry Gordy borrowed $800 from his family to begin a recording company in Detroit. He enlisted teenagers from his neighborhood like Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and others to develop what would come to be known as the Motown Sound. During the years of the Civil Rights movement, the music of Motown played an important part. This book covers the rise of many of the performers that I first heard as a child, and tells the story of Gordy's influence and vision.

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