Axles, Engines, Music And Motown



In 1959, Detroit Ford motor worker Berry Gordy adapted the high volume, low cost assembly line motor manufacturing philosophy to his first love - music production. The resulting Motown company of solely black artists became a giant force in the history of popular music, and a weapon in the US racial struggle. In this SONY Award winning series, Stephen Evans travels to 'Motor City' Detroit to meet the likes of Gladys Knight and Martha Reeves, who were involved with the company's early success.

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When the Motown hit ""Dancing in the Street"" was adopted as an unofficial anthem for the US race riots in 1967, the company's all black artists unwittingly became icons of the struggle. Yet in 1970 the company's founder and inspiration Berry Gordy upped roots from ""motor city"" Detroit to the lucrative and essentially white pastures of Los Angeles. Stephen Evans concludes this SONY Award winning investigation into Motown by talking with those involved in its rise and fall.