"MOTOWN WAS ESSENTIALLY A BRIDGE BETWEEN GOSPEL AND POPULAR MUSIC": FIRST EDITION OF MORSE'S MOTOWN & THE ARRIVAL OF BLACK MUSIC, WONDERFULLY PHOTO-ILLUSTRATED WITH IMAGES OF SMOKEY ROBINSON, THE SUPREMES, THE TEMPTATIONS, THE FOUR TOPS, AND MANY OTHERS
MORSE, David. Motown & the Arrival of Black Music. (London): Studio Vista, (1971). Octavo, original brown paper boards, original dust jacket. $650.
Rare first edition, first printing, of this influential early work on the history and future of Motown, richly photo-illustrated with dozens of images of prominent Motown performers.
This fascinating and early work traces the development of Motown from earlier music (primarily Gospel) and offers a critical examination of the value and impact of the genre. Morse—a respected contemporary authority on Motown—discusses some of the most popular and influential Motown performers including The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and many others. One of only four titles in the iconic Rockbooks series, edited by Phil Hardy. First published in Britain with extensive references to British audiences.
Book fine, dust jacket very nearly so.