Top Motown Quotes

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1. "Motown was about music for all people - white and black, blue and green, cops and the robbers. I was reluctant to have our music alienate anyone."
Author: Berry Gordy
2. "I feel Motown really exploited me."
Author: Brenda Holloway
3. "Motown's policy was to build one act at a time or their favorites."
Author: Brenda Holloway
4. "Charles and I are from Augusta, Ga. - so we come from James Brown territory, soul music and Motown. And Charles has always had a lot of Southern rock in there as well."
Author: Dave Haywood
5. "Growing up, I liked all the stuff that everyone else was listening to, like Motown, but the biggest group of all was The Beatles."
Author: Eddie Murphy
6. "And for some reason, when I'm sad, I do listen to Leonard Cohen, I do listen to Joni Mitchell. I do find myself going to the music that's actually reflecting my mood, as opposed to sticking on Motown, which might actually bring my mood up."
Author: Glen Hansard
7. "When I was a kid in the mid-'60s, I was what's known as a moddie boy, a prototype skinhead. You all had your hair like a crew cut, cropped, with suits or Levis with red suspenders, sometimes Doc Martens. It was a thriving soul music, Motown and ska scene; we used to dance to Prince Buster and the Skatalites."
Author: Graham Parker
8. "My mom was a huge Adam and the Ants fan. My granddad listened to a lot of Motown and Elvis and Johnny Cash. So I was kind of well-rounded."
Author: Hayley Williams
9. "I know that's blasphemous when you are from Detroit, but I was never a fan of Motown stuff. I don't care for the production much."
Author: Jack White
10. "'Let's Get It On' is a classic Motown single, endlessly repeatable and always enjoyable."
Author: Jon Landau
11. "I love Motown, but I've obviously always been more of a Memphis soul fan. If it's Stax or Motown, I go Stax."
Author: Justin Townes Earle
12. "Artist development is something that I've been passionate about from my days at Uptown and Motown Records."
Author: Laurieann Gibson
13. "1976. The Bicentennial. In the laundromat, you want for the time on your coins to run out. Through the porthole of the dryer, you watch your bedeviled towels and sheets leap and fall. The radio station piped in from the ceiling plays slow, sad Motown; it encircles you with the desperate hopefulness of a boy at a dance, and it makes you cry. When you get back to your apartment, dump everything on your bed. Your mother is knitting crookedly: red, white, and blue. Kiss her hello. Say: "Sure was warm in the place." She will seem not to hear you."
Author: Lorrie Moore
14. "America is now a land that rewards failure--at the personal, corporate and state level. If you reward it, you get more of it. If you reward it lavishly as the federal government does, you'll get the Radio City Spectacular of Failure, on ice and with full supporting orchestra. The problem is that, in abolishing failure, you also abolish the possibility of success, and guarantee only the huge sucking statist swamp. From Motown to no town, from the Golden State to Golden Statists. What happens when the policies that brought ruin to Detroit and decay to California are applied to the nation at large?"
Author: Mark Steyn
15. "I grew up in Ann Arbor, about 25 miles west of Detroit. And when you grow up in that area, you get a healthy dose of Motown automatically."
Author: Mayer Hawthorne
16. "We call 'Ain't No Mountain' the golden egg that landed us at Motown."
Author: Nickolas Ashford
17. "We set up our gear for the tune-up and Tony [Iommi] launched into the opening riff of ‘Black Sabbath' – doh, doh, doooohnnnn – but before I'd got through the first line of lyrics the manager had run on to the stage, red in the face, and was shouting, ‘STOP, STOP, STOP! Are you f**king serious? This isn't Top-Forty pop covers! Who are you people?'‘Earth,' said Tony, shrugging. ‘You booked us, remember?'‘I didn't book this. I thought you were going to play "Mellow Yellow" and "California Dream-in'".'‘Who – us?' laughed Tony.‘That's what your manager told me!'‘Jim Simpson told you that?'‘Who the hell's Jim Simpson?'‘Ah,' said Tony, finally working out what had happened. He turned to us and said, ‘Lads, I think we might not be the only band called Earth.'He was right: there was another Earth on the C-list gig circuit. But they didn't play satanic music. They played pop and Motown covers."
Author: Ozzy Osbourne
18. "I honed in on a great time, the Motown era, the '60s and '70s. That type of music has always been a staple in my life."
Author: Raphael Saadiq
19. "I grew up not far from where Motown was founded, maybe 300 miles from Detroit and I've always liked - I used to like the way they made records. I still do, I just haven't had a chance to hear as much. They used to entertain me."
Author: Rick Danko
20. "When we did a lot of that Motown stuff there were four of us on the front line. When we started the evening we'd start from one end of the band and just go along. The lead singer would change all the time. That's the first time that I actually managed to put it into a record."
Author: Roy Wood
21. "I love to sing old Motown songs to myself, or some Patti Smith Edith Piaf or Billie Holiday. That gets me in the mood for singing."
Author: Siobhan Fahey
22. "Once you're a Motown artist, that's your stigmatism, and I was there from the very first day."
Author: Smokey Robinson
23. "Motown was the mecca. It was every writer's dream to work there."
Author: Valerie Simpson

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