What are the best books about Motown?

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    #1The Lost Supreme

    The Lost Supreme

    The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard is a biography of the late teenage star singer Florence Ballard, a member of the Supremes. It was written by Peter Benjaminson and was released in 2008.


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    Rakesh Malik
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Motown brought about a new era of music, specifically for young black women who were looking to showcase their talented voices. The book focuses on one group in particular, the Supremes, and their journey from nothing to making it big in the spotlight. The author does an excellent job of intricately detailing the 50's era and gives in depth, intricate details to immerse the reader in the tumultuous times."
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    #2Nowhere to Run

    Nowhere to Run

    Nowhere to Run: The Story of Soul Music is a book written by Gerri Hirshey. It was first released in 1984. It is a compilation of interviews and a portrayal of the evolution of soul music.


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    Albert Munoz
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Nowhere to Run was absolutely the best book about Motown. It explained the history of Motown, and there's no better way to learn about something than to acknowledge the history behind it. Highly recommended!"
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    #3After the Dance

    After the Dance

    After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye is a biography of R&B and soul music icon Marvin Gaye written by Jan Gaye and David Ritz. It was originally released in May 2015.


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    Brandon Carpenter
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I am not a big fan of autobiographical stories or celebrity stories. This is a first hand account of Jan, Marvin Gaye's first wife. The story is interesting and disturbing. "
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    #4Mercy, Mercy Me

    Mercy, Mercy Me
    Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves, and Demons of Marvin Gaye is a biography of Marvin Gaye written by Michael Eric Dyson. It was first released in 2004. It is about the impact of the R&B icon to soul music.

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    Samuel Hawkins
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book is not specifically about Motown but about Marvin Gaye. Even as a book about Marvin, the author is inserting a ton of his own opinions about the artist. Their opinions definitely aren't enough content to fill a book."
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    #5Between Each Line of Pain and Glory

    Between Each Line of Pain and Glory

    Between Each Line of Pain and Glory: My Life Story is an autobiography written by four-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight. It was released on October 2, 1997. 


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    Aaron Patterson
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "As a fan of motown and Gladys Knight in particular, this is a breathtaking autobiography about one of music's greatest. The story is not one of many of her other contemporaries who live the stereotypical hollywood life. Instead, it's a much more wholesome take on success, but that does exclude some of the rougher parts of her life. In that sense I wish they had expanded more. "
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    #6Where Did Our Love Go?

    Where Did Our Love Go?

    Where Did Our Love Go?: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound is an investigative book written by Nelson George with a foreword from Quincy Jones. It was first released in 1986 and has become accepted as a classic.


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    Irma Mondragón
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "It is one of the best books describing the history of Motown. It was an easy, enjoyable read."
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    Smokey: Inside My Life is an autobiography written by legendary R&B singer Smokey Robinson with help from David Ritz. It was first published in February 1989.


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    Frank Scott
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Motown was and is really important to the music scene. When I found this book about Smokey Robinson, I knew I needed to read it. This is Smokey's telling of his own story, and gives rich insights into his life, the music industry and Motown. The bits about the founder of Motown, Berry Gordy and the artists he worked with were amazing."
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    #8Ain't Too Proud to Beg

    Ain't Too Proud to Beg
    Ain't Too Proud to Beg: The Troubled Lives and Enduring Soul of the Temptations is a biography written by famous book writer Mark Ribowsky. It was first released in September 2010. It is about the rise and fall of the group, the Temptations.

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    Peter Hu
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Motown music has always caught my ear and made me dance. When I saw Ain't Too Proud to Beg I knew it would be a great read and I wasn't disappointed."
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    #9Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

    Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
    Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder is the first biography of soul music icon Stevie Wonder written by Mark Ribowsky. It was first released in 2010.

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    Dorothy Sanchez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Loved this book! The story of Stevie Wonder is a fascinating one and the tales of Motown that go along with it are so interesting. This is more about Stevie than Motown however, there are other books solely about Motown out there that are really good."
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    #10The Story of Motown

    The Story of Motown
    The Story of Motown is a biography written by Peter Jamison with a foreword from Greil Marcus. It was released in 1979. It is about the foundation of Motown.


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    Kathryn Roberts
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A really interesting book about MoTown. It wasn't a subject I was too interested in, but I had some time to kill and decided to read this. I quite enjoyed it and it made me do more research into this interesting era. "


Best What are the best books about Motown
1The Lost SupremeBooks 22 Paid
2Nowhere to RunBooks 19 Paid
3After the DanceBooks 18 Paid
4Mercy, Mercy MeBooks 17 Paid
5Between Each Line of Pain and GloryBooks 16 Paid
6Where Did Our Love Go?Books 15 Paid
7SmokeyBooks 13 Paid
8Ain't Too Proud to BegBooks 12 Paid
9Signed, Sealed, and DeliveredBooks 11 Paid
10The Story of MotownBooks 10 Paid

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