The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Motown
Oct 14, 2021 12:00 PM
Gerald Posner
The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Motown

Best selling author and former Wall Street lawyer Gerald Posner will present The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Motown. Berry Gordy was 29 when he borrowed $800 in1959 and started a record label in a dilapidated Detroit bungalow. Although his label, Motown, did not have a single hit, Berry erected a large sign over the entrance thatproclaimed “itsville USA.” That

was the starting point for Gerald's own multiyear investigation that cut

through decades of rumor and speculation to present the real behindthe-

scenes narrative of America’s most exciting musical dynasty. Set against the social upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s, and populated by an all-star cast of music royalty—Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder,Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and Michael Jackson—

This is the story of Berry Gordy’s stellar business instincts. Berry and his stable of stars lived and worked together, often as friends, sometimes as lovers, and occasionally as bitterenemies. Ultimately, Gerald covers the rise and fall of the

label, the made-in America Greek tragedy about a music empire that was the soundtrack for a generation.