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‘Vanity Fair’ publishes oral history of Motown

Because I’m poor, I let my subscription to Vanity Fair die a quiet unglossy death, so I was happy to stumble upon Lisa Robinson‘s oral history of legendary soul/R&B label Motown featuring plenty of anecdotes from and about, among others, label founder Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves (of Martha and the Vandellas), Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes (pictured).


This discovery comes hot on the heels of last weekend’s road trip, six hours in the car each way from Washington D.C. to North Carolina, in which my lady friend and I relied solely on the radio for musical nourishment, which would be disastrous were it not for old soul and R&B hits. I can’t tell you how many times I said aloud in the car, “Motown is your friend on road trips.” We heard about a half dozen songs apiece by The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and The Four Tops.

So, thanks, Lisa Robinson for this fun piece.

How about you? Got any Motown favorites?

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6 thoughts on “‘Vanity Fair’ publishes oral history of Motown

  1. First!
    Oh fuck, this isn’t!

  2. Although it was released on Motown’s sister label Tamia, there’s absolutely nothing in this world quite like last round at the Hub when Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” comes on the jukbox!

  3. Hahaha, oh you’re an asshole, but I was kind of thinking that whilst writing the last post.

  4. Kevin Croitz on said:

    My favs are Carla Thomas, and also the Delfonics, love Motown and soul, we need a revival, Kevin

  5. Motown fans !

    Just so you know, Stevie Wonder is performing in L.A. on Dec 13th and Hot 923 is giving away tix all w-end. Peep this:

  6. Vanity Fair and their Motown article should be ashamed! Where is Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield? Assholes!

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