|Plot Summary of Motown: Music, Money, Sex, and Power|
|"This book is a behind the scenes tell all of the Motown record label/institution. It all began in 1959 when Berry Gordy borrowed $800 from his family and launched a record company. The company's name was Motown. Although the company was located in a poor Detroit neighborhood, a large sign was put in front of the studio stating "Hitsville USA". And so it began. The book details Berry Gordy's humble beginnings, his family life, his dashed dream of becoming a prizefighter, his amazing entrepreneurship of Motown and his much talked about relationship with Diana Ross.
With the Civil Rights Movement and the turbulent 60's as a backdrop, this book details in a fascinating way the rise to power of Berry Gordy, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and Motown itself. Filled with compelling characters, larger than life Divas, talented but tragic singers, this books shows the reader a side of Motown that only the true insiders experienced. Filled with salacious details such as the love child that Diana Ross hid from Berry Gordy, the identity of the artist who had a violent fight with Berry Gordy on the day JFK was killed and the identity of the famous Diva who was nearly run over by her singing rival. "
sandra Calhoune, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Motown: Music, Money, Sex, and Power|
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Story of entertainer?
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- business executive
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
- in awe
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
Is this a biography of several people?
- A lot 11-15 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
Lot of titilating info about love life?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book