Motown: Music, Money, Sex, and Power


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In 1959, 29-year-old Berry Gordy borrowed $800 from his family and started a record company. A run-down bungalow sandwiched between a funeral home and a beauty shop in a poor Detroit neighbourhood served as his headquarters. The building's entrance was adorned with a large sign that improbably boasted "Hitsville USA". Word soon spread that any youngster with a streak of talent should visit the only record label that Detroit had seen in years. That company's name was Motown Records. In "Motown", Gerald Posner cuts through ...

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