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The story of Motown Records and how it changed the course of American music, as told by its founder—&“an African American culture hero of historic stature&” (The New York Times). Berry Gordy Jr., who once considered becoming a boxer,… started a record company with a family loan of $800 in 1959. Gordy&’s company, Motown Records, went on to create some of the most popular music of all time. By the time he sold the company nearly thirty years later, it was worth $61 million and had produced musical legends including Jackie Wilson, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and the Jackson 5. Here, the revolutionary who shattered the color barrier in the American entertainment industry and forever changed the way the world hears music, shares his story of ambition and vision. From humble beginnings, Gordy amassed a fortune and became a musical kingmaker in the cultural heydays of the 1960s and &’70s. Quelling rumors and detailing his relationships with the artists he managed, Gordy pens &“a vivid recreation of a great period and a seminal company in popular music&” (Kirkus Reviews).