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Peter Benjaminson

The Story of Motown

Published by Barnacle/Rare Bird

Feb 23, 2019 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

The Story of Motown is the first book ever published about the history of the Motown Record Company, originally released in 1979. Reissued here, labeled “New and Revised,” and including a forward by the esteemed Greil Marcus, The Story of Motown is a riveting introduction to the famous record label.

Peter Benjaminson places the label in the proper context, weighing its musical and cultural impact against the historical setting of the late-50s and 60s; founder Berry Gordy’s impact is lauded throughout. The narrative is relatively brief, and at 175 pages, The Story of Motown is a relatively quick read. It is not heavy handed, and the minutiae that might be desired from Motown obsessives is absent. Instead, The Story of Motown is the perfect introduction, indoctrinating the novice and presenting enough detail for those already somewhat familiar with the label and its acts.

In this regard, The Story of Motown serves as a primer of sorts. Benjaminson has written lengthier, more detailed histories of specific Motown artists-Mary Wells, Florence Ballard, Rick James. As such, The Story of Motown might just inspire one to delve deeper. (

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Israel National Trail
February 24th 2019

Cool, was there a new edition made / available?

Alicia Palmer
March 15th 2019

It is a very wonderful book. The writer has described a good story. This book earned good reviews. The readers like this book. Even, I also read it twice. It describes the complete history of Motown. We can read about so many amazing things through this book. The reissued and new version of this book is really nice. I am very fond of to read new books. I have a good collection of books with me. I really appreciate the writer for this great work. I also write article and blogs in my free time. For this provides me good writing tips and assistance.

Kanika Kapoor
April 1st 2019

The Story of Motown is really osum. I read it completely. Thanks for providing this.

Kamal Kishor
April 1st 2019

Benjaminson has written lengthier, more detailed histories of specific Motown artists-Mary Wells. The Story of Motown serves as a primer of sorts. Thanks for sharing this type of information.

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