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Recollections: The Motown Sound By The People Who Made It Kindle Edition
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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!!!!
I want my money back!!!!
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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.
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.