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The official, definitive visual history of Motown, the most successful independent record company in the world, beautifully produced with an acetate jacket. Adam White has written about music and the music industry for more than 40 years, and was vice-president of communications at Universal Music Group International from 2002 to 2012. Barney Ales was Berry Gordy’s indispensable right-hand man and Motown’s ultimate insider. He was Motown’s president from 1975 to 1978. Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones’ former manager, worked as a producer for Motown’s Rare Earth label during the early 70s.

Motown The Sound of Young America Adam White with Barney Ales | Foreword by Andrew Loog Oldham 20

Motown: The Sound of Young America is the definitive visual history of the Detroit-based independent record company that became a prolific and hugely successful production line of suave, sassy and sophisticated music through the 60s, 70s and 80s. Featuring extensive specially commissioned photography of treasures gathered from the archives, this landmark publication also captures the graphic and design iconography that underpinned Motown’s extraordinary creativity. Packed with fresh insights gleaned from scores of interviews with key players, this exceptional and revealing book delves into the workings of the Motown machine and details how a dedicated team of backroom believers, white and black, turned a small family business into a popular music powerhouse. This was the home of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Temptations and many more. Motown: The Sound of Young America is a spectacular labour of love befitting an incredible story.

Over 1,000 illustrations 27.7 x 21.6cm 400pp ISBN 978 0 500 518298 March £39.95

Publication coincides with the opening of Motown: The Musical in London’s West End in spring 2016 and a sell-out US tour that returns to Broadway in summer 2016.


Thames & Hudson Spring 2016 Catalogue