This second edition of “Women of Motown” contains new chapters and information, updating this critically-acclaimed oral history of the ladies who made Motown a sound heard round the world.
Originally published to glowing reviews in 1998, the first edition has long been out of print and sought after by collectors. Devault-Graves Digital Editions now brings the public a new updated edition that tells the Motown story from its beginnings with Mable John through the great girl groups such as Martha and the Vandellas and ending with the last iteration of the glorious Supremes after Diana Ross left for superstar status.
Whitall interviewed virtually all the women who made Motown explode on the hit charts and lets them tell their stories in all their humor, dishy detail, and the glory of lives spent recording and singing some of the greatest songs ever written.
“The women of Motown tell their stories roughly in order that I believe they came into contact with Berry Gordy—the founder, chairman, and heart of soul of Motown,” Whitall explains. “Some tell their story as a chronology, while others, bless ’em, are more stream-of-consciousness types. I tried to preserve their voices, whatever their style.”
“Women of Motown,” which is a part of The Great Music Book Series published by Devault-Graves Digital Editions, is available in print and ebook. Other books in the series include “Crossroads: The Life and Afterlife of Blues Legend Robert Johnson” by Tom Graves and “Sun Records: An Oral History” by John Floyd.