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Recollections: The Motown Sound By The People Who Made It [Kindle Edition]

Jack Ryan
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The Motown story involved many people including writers, singers, musicians, disc jockeys and professionals who built the foundations of "The Sound Of Young America". Coming from Detroit and spreading to the entire world, Motown and its unique sound won the hearts and the love of millions from its start in 1959 until today. Relive the magic, the music, the love and the fabulous dancing in "Recollections The Motown Sound By The People Who Made It"

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8683 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Glendower Media; Second Edition edition (March 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GDUFV8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1.0 out of 5 stars absolute crap Sept. 21 2013
By fb
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
what a piece of crap!!!!
the author relies on wikipedia to research information... this goes to show the book is unreliable, no research went into this book!!!!
where are the sources?!?!
looks like photos and pages were photocopied... pages cannot be read!!!!
should be given a zero rating!!!!
absolute garbage!!!!
I want my money back!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Amateur Hour Nov. 16 2014
By doublefantasy - Published on
This book is frankly an embarrassment. Having bought it at the urging of the many glowing reviews on this page, I now am forced to deduce that they were left by the author's friends and family. This is not a worthy purchase by any means, let alone one fit for a Motown aficionado.

The book is riddled with poor grammar, syntax, and just plain bad writing. The fact that an "editor" is actually listed on the title page makes me cringe. Typos abound, as do incorrect spellings of artists' names ("James Jamison") and humorously misnamed songs. (Who knew that the Marvelettes released a song called "My Body Must Be a Magician," or that Stevie Wonder had a hit album titled "Talking Back"?) I came across pages with more than one font size present, randomly inserted mid-sentence line breaks, and asterisks that led nowhere. Oh, and tons of facts and dates are wrong, too.

Each "article" has an UPDATE section at the end for alleged developments since the book's original writing in 1982. Too bad half of the information is just stuff the author forgot to include the first time around and couldn't be bothered to edit in properly. It's the height of laziness and makes for an atrocious reading experience. Worse yet, whenever the author decided to include a citation, the citation was none other than an amorphous "Wikipedia"!

This is not to even touch on the quality of the photographs found in my print edition. It is perhaps the most amateurish black-and-white copy job ever done. Most photos are streaked and washed out beyond recognition, as though the printer was running out of ink and no one could be bothered to replace it. The only exceptions were the photos that were so dark and muddy that you could barely make out faces! This was a particular shame when it came to the couple of photos in the book that are genuinely rare -- they would be a real treat, so it's too bad that you can barely see them.

I wish that this had been a quality Motown book, as there are far too few of them on the market. It's not. It's an additional pity that the author apparently had access to countless now-deceased artists and squandered the opportunity by putting together this mess. Save your money; Wikipedia is free, and probably more accurate.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a compilation of Wikipedia articles Sept. 2 2013
By rmcelder - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Recollections is a good beginning primer for someone (high school student) wanting to gain a basic historical knowledge of Motown. I was expecting to read more insights and perspective views from the subjects themselves.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every coffee table needs one!! June 25 2012
By Anne Capps - Published on
This book sits out on our coffee table and always starts some great conversations. Its a treasure trove of pictures and history from the perspective a real fan. Lots of love went into this book! Highly recommended!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Book! June 14 2012
By MJ - Published on
What a fun book this was to read! For someone growing up dancing to the great Motown hits, this was a real trip down "Memory Lane". The behind-the-scenes stories, the photos, the inside scoops--everything about this book is wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to everyone--especially those who grew up in this great era of GREAT music. It sits on my coffee table, inviting anyone who comes over to "Open and Enjoy"!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Moment in American History June 8 2012
By Mike Ball - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The Motown phenomenon is probably not often thought of as an American historical milestone, but it arguably provided a soundtrack for the cultural revolution. This book is a ramble through those sometimes turbulent years, seen through the eyes of the people who lived them. If, like me, you ever had a crush on Diana Ross, or wished you could be a Pip, this book is a must-read.
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