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Recollections: The Motown Sound By The People Who Made It by [Ryan, Jack]
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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"

About the Author

Writer Jack Ryan lives and works in Detroit. Here he grew up with the Motown Sound as his background and with the Motown Artists as his friends from the radio and on TV. He was later fortunate enough to meet and become friends with many Motown stars and those behind the scenes. This fan relives the memories and the fun of Motown at its height. Spend some time with your favorite Motown star and remember the greatest times in your life. In English with dozens of pictures, some never seen before. With updated information on all of the Motown Stars and all the Motown family.

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  • 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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GDUFV8
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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa09ea9fc) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f35684) out of 5 stars More of a compilation of Wikipedia articles Sept. 2 2013
By rmcelder - Published on
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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
HASH(0xa0f358d0) out of 5 stars Amateur Hour Nov. 16 2014
By doublefantasy - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f35b10) out of 5 stars Not Worthy of the Stature of Motown June 3 2014
By L. Boki - Published on
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First of all, I have been a Motown-head or Motown-lover, literally my entire life. When my mother bought "Money" by Barrett Strong, it went into heavy rotation in my household. Like it or not, you were going to hear it. The lyrics were more like "grown folks" music so it always felt a little distance to my youthful ears. I didn't know it then, but, when one of the first singles I bought with my allowance was "Fingertips". Mary Wells seemed to own all the picnics and parties in the summer of '62. When a close relative began making wedding plans, "You've Really Got a Hold On Me" was the anthem.
My childhood best friend and I would spend countless after school hours (after homework) listening to each other's favorite songs. I liked The Supremes. He liked Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. (How ironic was that since Diana and Smokey had known each other since childhood). We both loved Motown immensely and became a big fan of B-sides like "Ask Any Girl" or "Much Better Off". He was tragically hit by a car in his early teens. But when I had the good fortune to thank Berry Gordy and Smokey on a couple of occasions, my best friend stood with me in spirit.
So as much as I want to love this book, it is almost insulting in its juvenile, unprofessional form. (Poor grammar, incorrect dates and names and just poor vocabulary and syntax).
Still, there is enough Motown in it for a good quick read. There are a few surprises like the writer portends that with Diana's final urging, he signed The Jackson 5. Considering though, the book's third rate presentation......I took that with a grain of salt. Suzanne dePasse really put that controversy to rest by stating that it was a "Creative Marketing" decision that Diana agreed to entitle their debut, "Diana Ross "presents " The Jackson 5". At no point have I ever heard Diana say "she discovered" The Jackson 5. She may have never gone into detail about Bobby Taylor or Gladys Knight also championing their signing......the fact of the matter, being Motown's forever and always supreme artist, it can only be seen as a "wise" and near genius decision.
Back to the book, there are a few other new things to me, for which I cannot remember at the moment.....that helped maintain my interest.
I really cannot understand why anyone, but a deeply devoted parent(s) or loved one, could honestly give this book 4 let alone 5 stars. I struggled enough with 3 stars.
I consume everything Motown so its no coincidence that includes this little 4th grade effort.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f35cb4) 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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f3709c) out of 5 stars Every coffee table needs one!! June 25 2012
By Anne Capps - Published on
Format: Paperback
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!