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Hitsville U.S.A.: Detroit and the Rise of Motown Records
July 23, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
In the 1960s and 1970s, Motown introduced mainstream America to African-American artists and groups such as the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Stevie Wonder. Along with a great number of other talented performers, many of these artists grew up in or moved to Detroit. The challenges and opportunities faced by African-Americans in the Motor City is reflected in the development of Motown Records and the broad array of other performers that called the city home. As the “Sound of Young America,” Motown also reflected the growth of the Civil Rights Movement both nationally and in Detroit, the changes in Detroit, and the turmoil of the 1960s as a whole. This program traces the development of Motown Records during the 1950s and 1960s as Detroit experienced profound changes that helped shaped the style and message of its artists.