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Rhythm Ride kindle Ì Hardcover ¾ gwairsoft » ➱ [Read] ➬ Rhythm Ride By Andrea Davis Pinkney ➼ – Gwairsoft.co.uk From award winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney comes the story of the music that defined a generation and a movement that changed the worldBerry Gordy began Motown in 1959 with an 800 loan The neighborhood like Smokey Robinson Mary Wells Marvin Gaye Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross to sing for his new label Meanwhile the country was on the brink of a cultural revolution and one of the most powerful agents of change in the following decade would be this group of young black performe Richie’s Picks RHYTHM RIDE A ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE MOTOWN SOUND by Andrea Davis Pinkney Roaring Brook September 2015 176p ISBN 978 1 59643 973 3“Smiles have all turned to tearsBut tears won’t wash away the fearsThat you’re never ever gonna returnTo ease the fire that within me burnsIt keeps me crying baby for youKeeps me sighin’ baby for youSo won’t you hurryCome on boy see about me” Holland Dozier Holland 1964“RB was a soulful sound that put its arms around listeners and rocked them sometimes gently other times with a sure sway It was popular in cities across America But like many aspects of life in the United States RB wasn’t free to roam where it pleased This was a time in America when segregation laws prevented black students and white students from attending the same public schools When drinking fountains and restaurants wore signs that said ‘Colored’ and ‘Whites Only’ When movie theaters and hotels didn’t let black customers past the front doorThe same was true for RB Prejudice tried to keep it out Hold it back Limit its soul rousing power Rhythm and blues was called ‘race music’ songs meant only for black singers and black listenersAs RB’s popularity started to spread it was kids who first realized that the concept behind race music made no sense Rhythm doesn’t have a color it just has a beat And the blues well everybody gets the blues”If you lived through the sixties and know most of the songs mentioned in this book you might want be careful After reading RHYTHM RIDE right before bedtime I was awakened in the middle of the night by Supremes and Jackson 5 songs running through my dreamsOn the other hand if you’re a young person who can’t readily cue up a Miracles Temptations Four Tops or Martha and the Vandellas tune in your head you’re not going to get the full effect of this outstanding musical and cultural history unless you have the soundtrack Here’s a Motown playlist I just put together for you ’s a blast to peer behind the scenes of 1960s Motown Secretaries turn into pop stars In Friday morning meetings writers pitch their latest compositions and everyone votes for their favorite new tune which is then recorded and released There are the unsung heroes of the Motown family Maxine Powell known in house as “Miss Manners” who teaches the young performers elegance and etiuette; Cholly Atkins who runs the choreography program; The Funk Brothers musicians who play on virtually all of Motown’s recordings; and of course the composers of these unforgettable songsIn the years that Motown was gaining steam Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed Dr King shared his dream Medgar Evers was assassinated and the march from Selma to Montgomery took place During those tumultuous times Motown founder Berry Gordy had a significant impact on American race relations by building an assembly line for creating RB hits that crossed over to young white audiences It didn’t matter what neighborhood you lived in The soundtrack for the lives of millions of young Baby Boomers was dominated by Motown and The Beatles Motown connected white suburban kids to the culture of the people who were still not permitted to buy houses in white suburban neighborhoods Dancing and swaying to Motown songs was a pleasure that crossed racial and cultural lines one that people across America could enjoy together “That’s the Motown legacy Born at a time of so m

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Rs from urban Detroit From Berry Gordy and his remarkable vision to the Civil Rights movement from the behind the scenes musicians choreographers and song writers to the most famous recording artists of the century Andrea Davis Pinkney takes readers on a Rhythm Ride through the story of Motown I thoroughly enjoyed and savored Andrea Davis Pinkney's Rhythm Ride A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound What a pleasurable journey down Memory Lane this book provided for me I remember listening to all that wonderful music on WHBC am radio during my childhood Dancing along with the Jackson 5 and so many other talented Motown artists whenever they appeared on TV This book provided such a fun and accessible introduction to Motown for my daughter We loved looking at the photos the clothing the hairstyles it was a glimpse into an era of class and style that I fear will not pass our way again I loved the voice of The Groove how The Groove was at the beginning of Motown's story and still goes on in the music of today The Groove is a historian who doesn't make light of the serious issues that existed during this time but presents these challenges as a part of Motown's story and weaves tragic events into the fabric of Motown Music ties all races together providing a soundtrack of joy celebration protest and conscience to humanityBerry Gordy had a uniue vision for Motown and he created a family and a musical legacy by the sheer force of his determination and his ability to spot the talent gifts of these young artists As with many enterprises jealousy greed ego come into the mix but the foundation of Motown created from investments from Berry Gordy's immediate family was a force that changed perceptions in the United States and echoed around the world

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Rhythm RideFrom award winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney comes the story of the music that defined a generation and a movement that changed the worldBerry Gordy began Motown in 1959 with an 800 loan from his family He converted the garage of a residential house into a studio and recruited teenagers from I really liked that this uick history of Motown begins by describing the founder Berry Gordy He started out as a boxing fighter and most importantly as a humble worker at Ford where he learned how the assembly line works He then implemented the assembly line idea into Motown Motown worked with a group of song writers a core of backup musicians and finally the stars lead singers Everyone was interchangeable allowing Motown to steadily put out a ton of great musicuality was the most important thing Songs needed to be so good that people would prefer spending their lunch money on the record rather than on food Which reminds me Marc Andreessen's — actually Steve Martin's — “Be so good they can’t ignore you” They had reoccurring Friday meetings to decide if a song was awesome enough They weren’t immune of errors though One of the songs that was initially rejected was What's Going On by Marvin Gaye a song that Gordy reputed way too political Only after pressure from other executives and Marvin Gaye himself was the song and the following album published — and then it became their best seller of all times Another good thing about this book is that it provides some well just a little bit of context of the times The civil rights movement the racial tensions the riots good photos too There’s an aerial photo during the 1967 riots where Detroit looks like a war zone I think things started to slowly change when Gordy moved the H from the original house on West Grand to downtown Detroit in 1968 and then to LA in 1972 Up until that point Motown was deeply connected to the neighborhood with kids hanging around for a job or an audition at Hitsville USA How cool was that Many stars started like that Aretha Franklin Martha Reeves Stevie Wonder Mary WellsI snubbed RB for the longest time I admit it The sugar coating on top of these songs came off to me as insincere and just turned me off I was so wrong The kids behind the Motown school” which btw included manners and choreography beside the music were taken from the streets just like the punk bands I grew up with like them they put a ton of passion into it and had a close network of other musicians to look up to Differently from the punk rockers these guys also had somebody who looked after them It’s this close knit circuit local roots peers talent education label that allowed all the amazing stuff to happen