I wrote this book to capture the remarkable times and the great artists that shaped them, and to give a glimpse behind the scenes at a momentous movement in music. - Berry Gordy
New York, NY (PRWEB) June 06, 2013
“Amazing...Disarming...Captivating.” —New York Times Book Review, on Berry Gordy’s To Be Loved (Hardcover edition)
Praise given when To Be Loved first appeared:
“To Be Loved captures the spirit of those magical years when we were young and full of dreams and hope. We believed in him and he taught us to believe in ourselves. For the first time he tells why and how it all happened. I know it’s all true because I was there from the beginning.” —Smokey Robinson
“Berry Gordy, as a young black man in the inhospitable 1950s, set out to make music for all people, whatever their color or place of origin. To Be Loved is the very frank, sometimes hilarious, always fascinating account of how he made his impossible dream come true.” —Sidney Poitier
“An astounding story not only of a great artist but a great visionary who did it all—developed the talents of others, achieved wealth and fame, and most of all, changed American music forever.” —David Geffen
Leading independent eBook publisher RosettaBooks today announced that it has released Berry Gordy’s To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown, the book that became the basis for his Tony-nominated Broadway hit, "Motown The Musical," which he wrote and produced. A coveted collector’s item, Berry’s autobiography shares the incredible story of a featherweight boxer and high school dropout who borrowed $800 from his family, set up shop in a Detroit house he called "Hitsville U.S.A.," and founded Motown.
The eBook edition of To Be Loved reunites Nansci Neiman-LeGette, Chief Operating Officer of Berry Gordy’s company, and Mel Parker of Mel Parker Books, who brought the project to RosettaBooks on behalf of Berry Gordy. Neiman-LeGette was Publisher of Warner Books and Parker was Editor in Chief of Warner Paperbacks when the hardcover was first published, selling out its first printing.
The first eBook/theatrical tie-in supported by multi-platform marketing, To Be Loved is available at Kindle, Nook and iBookstore, from http://www.motownthemusical.com and by gift eCard at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre where “Motown The Musical” is playing to sold-old crowds. It will also be cross-promoted with Universal Music when the official cast album of “Motown The Musical” is released in mid-June.
On June 13, Gordy will be given the Songwriters Hall of Fame Pioneer Award, last awarded to Woody Guthrie. As part of the evening’s celebration, those attending the Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner will receive gift eCards of the new digital version of To Be Loved.
Berry Gordy’s unforgettable Motown sound and the hits he created with Diana Ross and The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, and others, revolutionized music. Motown became a cultural force that shattered barriers, becoming the shared soundtrack of Americans’ lives and bringing black artists broader recognition and audiences.
In To Be Loved, Berry tells of his life, including his birth in Detroit as the seventh of eight children, his service in the Korean War, and the jazz record store he opened that launched his iconic career in music. A struggling songwriter with a dream of his own label and a golden gift for discovering and nurturing talent, he became a music mogul who faced racism and personal and professional challenges to bring his artists to the air waves and television, and in the process wrote or co-wrote more than 240 hit songs for his stars. At the peak of its influence in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Motown charted more than a hundred Top 10 hits. An innovative entrepreneur and visionary, Gordy was actively involved in the Civil Rights movement, and released the recorded speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His films include “Lady Sings the Blues,” which garnered five Academy Award nominations, and “Mahogany.”
“I wrote this book to capture the remarkable times and the great artists that shaped them, and to give a glimpse behind the scenes at a momentous movement in music,” said Berry Gordy. “The world was changing, and we were fortunate to be a pivotal part of it. We struggled and soared together, and I’m thrilled to share the true story of Motown as an eBook.”
“Digital publishing enables us to bring Berry Gordy’s extraordinary and inspiring life and an insider’s look at the energy and genius of Motown to new readers,” said Arthur Klebanoff, CEO of RosettaBooks. “His pioneering accomplishments paved the way for the next generation of music producers and the success of his musical, ‘Motown,’ illustrates the great resonance his experience and achievements continue to have with today’s audiences.”
About Berry Gordy: Berry Gordy is the founder of Motown Records, the hit-making enterprise that nurtured the careers of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, and many other music greats. The Motown sound reached out across a racially divided, politically and socially charged country to transform popular music. A songwriter, producer, director, innovative entrepreneur, teacher, and visionary, he was the executive producer of the film “Lady Sings the Blues,” nominated for five Academy Awards, and director and producer of “Mahogany.” He is writer and producer of the Tony-nominated Broadway hit, “Motown The Musical.”
About RosettaBooks: RosettaBooks is the leading independent eBook publisher, responsible for brand line publishing in collaboration with AARP, Harvard Health Publications, and the Mayo Clinic, as well as such timeless classics as Brave New World, Slaughterhouse-Five, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the complete works of Winston Churchill, and the first-time digital release in the U.S. of 35 titles from renowned science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke. Publisher of ten Kindle Singles, including Ray Bradbury’s The Playground, RosettaBooks has launched nine of them to bestseller status. For more information, please visit RosettaBooks.com and follow the e-publisher on Facebook.
About “Motown The Musical”: Featuring music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, “Motown The Musical” is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. Attracting sell-out crowds, the show charts Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and many more. It has been nominated for four 2013 Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards. For more information, visit http://www.motownthemusical.com/.
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