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About the Author

Writer Jack Ryan lives and works in Detroit. Here he grew up with the Motown Sound as his background and with the Motown Artists as his friends from the radio and on TV. He was later fortunate enough to meet and become friends with many Motown stars and those behind the scenes. This fan relives the memories and the fun of Motown at its height. Spend some time with your favorite Motown star and remember the greatest times in your life. In English with dozens of pictures, some never seen before. With updated information on all of the Motown Stars and all the Motown family.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Glendower Media; 2nd Edition edition (November 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091430304X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914303046
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is riddled with poor grammar, syntax, and just plain bad writing.
doublefantasy
I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to everyone--especially those who grew up in this great era of GREAT music.
MJ
This book sits out on our coffee table and always starts some great conversations.
Anne Capps

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rmcelder on September 2, 2013
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Recollections is a good beginning primer for someone (high school student) wanting to gain a basic historical knowledge of Motown. I was expecting to read more insights and perspective views from the subjects themselves.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne Capps on June 25, 2012
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This book sits out on our coffee table and always starts some great conversations. Its a treasure trove of pictures and history from the perspective a real fan. Lots of love went into this book! Highly recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MJ on June 14, 2012
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What a fun book this was to read! For someone growing up dancing to the great Motown hits, this was a real trip down "Memory Lane". The behind-the-scenes stories, the photos, the inside scoops--everything about this book is wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to everyone--especially those who grew up in this great era of GREAT music. It sits on my coffee table, inviting anyone who comes over to "Open and Enjoy"!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Ball on June 8, 2012
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The Motown phenomenon is probably not often thought of as an American historical milestone, but it arguably provided a soundtrack for the cultural revolution. This book is a ramble through those sometimes turbulent years, seen through the eyes of the people who lived them. If, like me, you ever had a crush on Diana Ross, or wished you could be a Pip, this book is a must-read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Boki on June 3, 2014
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First of all, I have been a Motown-head or Motown-lover, literally my entire life. When my mother bought "Money" by Barrett Strong, it went into heavy rotation in my household. Like it or not, you were going to hear it. The lyrics were more like "grown folks" music so it always felt a little distance to my youthful ears. I didn't know it then, but, when one of the first singles I bought with my allowance was "Fingertips". Mary Wells seemed to own all the picnics and parties in the summer of '62. When a close relative began making wedding plans, "You've Really Got a Hold On Me" was the anthem.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. P. on November 26, 2012
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I say that because before I knew it, I was at the end of the book. It was informative, I really just wish it were longer. I love the music from Motown. The talent that came out of Detroit was just amazing and will never be duplicated. It's sad that the music was called "Race Music." What???? Anyway I enjoyed the fact that the author included some DJ's in the book, that put a great spin on the whole thing, after all they were responsible for getting the Motown sound to the people.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By doublefantasy on November 16, 2014
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This book is frankly an embarrassment. Having bought it at the urging of the many glowing reviews on this page, I now am forced to deduce that they were left by the author's friends and family. This is not a worthy purchase by any means, let alone one fit for a Motown aficionado.

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!
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