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Motown

As an irresistible force of social and cultural change, Berry Gordy's legendary Motown made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century. Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, the Marvelettes, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Lionel Richie & the Commodores, Teena Marie, their music communicated and brought together a racially divided country and segregated society, around the world, touching all people of all ages and races. No other record company in history has exerted such an enormous influence on both the style and substance of popular music and culture. With more than 180 No. 1 hit songs worldwide and counting, that influence is still being felt today, from pop to hip-hop. (Motown Museum. "Motown Music - The Sound That Changed America." Last updated 2015. Accessed September 10, 2015. https://www.motownmuseum.org/story/motown/.)

Books

All of our books on Motown can be found here.

Video

All of our video on Motown can be found here.

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Archival Resources

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Follow the links to a list of archival collections and archival items of interest to the Motown researcher. A search of our online catalog by Motown artist name is also recommended.

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