To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown

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If you love the music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, or Smokey Robinson, you will love Berry Gordy’s life story. Founder of Motown, Gordy was instrumental in launching the careers of these and many other popular musicians, singers and songwriters. In this candid autobiography, Gordy gives an authentic personal account of his career—from the ince If you love the music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, or Smokey Robinson, you will love Berry Gordy’s life story. Founder of Motown, Gordy was instrumental in launching the careers of these and many other popular musicians, singers and songwriters. In this candid autobiography, Gordy gives an authentic personal account of his career—from the inception of his label, founded with $800 borrowed from his family, to the development of an entertainment empire sold to MCA for $61 million. Along the way, Gordy and his artists faced racism and both personal and professional challenges—and overcame them to leave an indelible mark on American popular culture. To Be Loved is the inspiration for Motown: The Musical, which opened on Broadway in April 2013. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Berry Gordy is the founder of Motown Records, the hit-making enterprise that nurtured the careers of Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Michael Jackson, and many other music greats. The “Motown Sound” reached out across a racially divided, politically and socially charged country to transform popular music. Mr. Gordy is also a songwriter, boxer, producer, director, innovative entrepreneur, teacher and visionary. Actively involved in the Civil Rights movement, he released the recorded speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His films include Lady Sings the Blues, which garnered five Academy Award nominations. Among the awards recognizing Gordy’s accomplishments are the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, the Gordon Grand Fellow from Yale University, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the Rainbow Coalition’s Man of the Millennium Award, the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Grammy Salute To Industry Icon’s President’s Merit Award. In February 2011, President Barack Obama honored him with a Salute to Motown evening at the White House. In 2013 the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame awarded him their Pioneer Award, which honors the career of a historic creator of an extensive body of musical work that has been a major influence on generations of songwriters. Berry Gordy’s unparalleled contribution to music and popular culture is the basis for his play, Motown: the Musical, which had its world premiere on Broadway on April 14, 2013. ...more

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Comments

Cheese

Truly magical and a story of life and events that will forever stay with me. I picked this up after watching the fantastic Motown musical in London wanting to know more. I grew up listening and loving everything that came out of Motown and I still do. Decades of music that are and will remain on another level of quality and creativity. Pure gold. Wow what a life this man created for himself and countless others. One of the most influential men of all time for black music and film. So sad that it Truly magical and a story of life and events that will forever stay with me. I picked this up after watching the fantastic Motown musical in London wanting to know more. I grew up listening and loving everything that came out of Motown and I still do. Decades of music that are and will remain on another level of quality and creativity. Pure gold. Wow what a life this man created for himself and countless others. One of the most influential men of all time for black music and film. So sad that it’s all over.


John Winston

This is the first review I've written on Goodreads and let me preface it by saying Berry Gordy is my biggest hero of all-times, so it will be extremely biased. I know, I know. He was a crook and stole from every one of his artists...at least that's the prevailing consensus. That being said, I am in awe of what he accomplished at the time he accomplished it; when black music was relegated to being just that...black music. His machine created phenomenal music and his genius found a way to play and This is the first review I've written on Goodreads and let me preface it by saying Berry Gordy is my biggest hero of all-times, so it will be extremely biased. I know, I know. He was a crook and stole from every one of his artists...at least that's the prevailing consensus. That being said, I am in awe of what he accomplished at the time he accomplished it; when black music was relegated to being just that...black music. His machine created phenomenal music and his genius found a way to play and sell that music to the whole world. In my humble opinion, Motown music is the best collection of contemporary music ever created. Berry Gordy accomplished the improbable with Motown and that is what this book was about, more or less, in his own words. As a musician, music lover and Detroiter I remain in awe of this underrated feat, so much so I read the book at least twice and own two copies of it. I'm going to leave it at that and go on to make some objective reviews now.


Taryn Rydell

Say what you want about Berry Gordy. He is a genius. He did things in the music industry that hadn't been done before or since. Motown is the greatest collection of contemporary music ever created. In To Be Loved, you get it from the horse's mouth. Whether you believe what's written here or not, the words matter because somebody's got to tell history. Who better to tell it than the person who created it all. We believe the words prophets wrote in the Bible because men deemed them inspired by the Say what you want about Berry Gordy. He is a genius. He did things in the music industry that hadn't been done before or since. Motown is the greatest collection of contemporary music ever created. In To Be Loved, you get it from the horse's mouth. Whether you believe what's written here or not, the words matter because somebody's got to tell history. Who better to tell it than the person who created it all. We believe the words prophets wrote in the Bible because men deemed them inspired by the almighty. I believed Berry Gordy was inspired by a higher power and from Smokey Robinson to the Jackson Five we are blessed to hear his story in his own word. This is a must read for any fan of Motown music.

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