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Calling Out Around the World: Motown Turns 50

PopMatters concludes our week-long celebration of Motown at 50 with Diane Leach's essay on living in the Detroit of the '80s in What It Was Like and a couple more album gems with Needles in the Haystack.

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Yesterday's Dreams: Motown in the 1980s

The music of Motown's third decade does not quite deserve the close attention that the label's first two decades warrant, but even a cursory look at the label in these years reveals that things weren't all bad.

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What's Going On: Marvin Gaye's Liberation from the Motown Sound

When Obie Benson of the Four Tops brought him a song he had co-written with Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye found something that had reflected the way he had been feeling ever since Tammi Terrell's death -- anger, sadness, and disillusionment about his friend's death and the chaotic world around him.

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Calling Out Around the World: Motown Turns 50

PopMatters continues our week-long celebration of Motown at 50 with Bill Gibron's Twirling the Dial: My Motown Memories and John Bohannon's These Are the Breaks: The Motown Sound's Influence on Hip-hop Sampling. Stay tuned all week for essays and more Motown goodness.

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These Are the Breaks: The Motown Sound's Influence on Hip-Hop Sampling

For any influential group in the hip-hop game, specifically in the early 1990s, Motown's stamp of approval and its variety of subsidiaries were undeniably influential.

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Twirling the Dial: My Motown Memories

For those of us in tune with the sounds of the genre-redefining decade, a transistor radio was the seminal social sidekick. We loved listening to that little mono wonder, its tiny shrill speaker sparking a hundred journeys directly into the center of our mind.

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Calling Out Around the World: Motown Turns 50

PopMatters continues our week-long celebration of Motown at 50 with Vince Carducci's essay on Manufacturing Motown and Dave Heaton's Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead. Stay tuned all week for essays and more Motown goodness.

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Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead

If "I've Gotta Dance to Keep from Crying" could work as a slogan for Motown, the song itself works as both a dance song and a tearjerker.

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Manufacturing Motown

Like the nameplates on the auto industry's productive output, Motown's headline acts were brand identities under which cultural commodities were sold.

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Dancing in the Street: Our 25 Favorite Motown Singles

From the Four Tops and the Temptations to the Marvelettes and the Velvelettes, we narrow down our favorite singles from the "Sound of Young America" era to 25 indisputable picks.

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Dancing in the Street: Our 25 Favorite Motown Singles

From the Four Tops and the Temptations to the Marvelettes and the Velvelettes, we narrow down our favorite singles from the "Sound of Young America" era to 25 indisputable picks.

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Dancing in the Street: Our 25 Favorite Motown Singles

From the Four Tops and the Temptations to the Marvelettes and the Velvelettes, we narrow down our favorite singles from the "Sound of Young America" era to 25 indisputable picks.

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Dancing in the Street: Our 25 Favorite Motown Singles

From the Four Tops and the Temptations to the Marvelettes and the Velvelettes, we narrow down our favorite singles from the "Sound of Young America" era to 25 indisputable picks.


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