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Hitsville: The Making Of Motown

More firmer dates and details have been released by Showtime on their upcoming documentary film Hitsville: The Making Of Motown, with the first TV broadcast scheduled for 24 August 2019

Hitsville: The Making Of Motown is the Showtime documentary film that looks at Motown during the period beginning with the birth of Motown in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s.

Directed by British directors brothers Benjamin and  Gabe Turner this feature-length film is being billed as the definite article. The film includes previously unseen footage from the label archives and Berrys Gordy's personal collection. Universal Music Group involvement means that the films makers have had access to the label's vast catalog of songs by the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and others.

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Release Dates

USA Dates

23 August 2019 - Detroit premiere more info via Detroit Free Press

24 August 2019 - Showtime TV broadcast more info via Showtime

UK Dates

In UK and Irish Cinemas September 30 - For One Night -  Further details to follow 

 

HITSVILLE: THE MAKING OF MOTOWN
Rated TV14 • 113 minutes

Documentary film that focuses on the period beginning with the birth of Motown in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The film tracks the unique system that Gordy assembled that enabled Motown to become the most successful record label of all time. The creation and initial success of Motown was achieved during a period of significant racial tensions in America and amid the burgeoning civil rights movement.

 


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"In UK and Irish Cinemas September 30 - For One Night -  Further details to follow "

Got the date in my diary - thanks for posting this!

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Awesome 

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Looks essential viewing ....

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11 hours ago, seano said:

"In UK and Irish Cinemas September 30 - For One Night -  Further details to follow "

Got the date in my diary - thanks for posting this!

A Monday, do they not know some of us work away 😕 

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Looking forward to watching this documentary film,it will be very interesting

and full of fantastic information.

 

Many thanks

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Never heard a more stupid reply I worked away for quite a lot of years but never missed coronation st and that was on a Monday 7:30 then bed 

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1 hour ago, monny1916 said:

Never heard a more stupid reply I worked away for quite a lot of years but never missed coronation st and that was on a Monday 7:30 then bed 

Take it that was re my reply?  I work away in a wagon, I can't get to a cinema on a Monday.  Not sure what Coronation Street has to do with going to the pictures but I can get that in the wagon off I put a TV in but I have better things to do than watch brainless shite like that.  

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21 hours ago, Chalky said:

Take it that was re my reply?  I work away in a wagon, I can't get to a cinema on a Monday.  Not sure what Coronation Street has to do with going to the pictures but I can get that in the wagon off I put a TV in but I have better things to do than watch brainless shite like that.  

Never heard a more stupid reply I worked away for quite a lot of years but never missed coronation st and that was on a Monday 7:30 then bed 

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Is that a wagon that is surrounded by indians with bows and arrows and no antenna and only fails on a Monday sorry only having the craic the reference to Coro st was when i got home on Sunday evening after a massive train journey back from Wigan then work on Monday as an apprentice carpenter 8:00 was cut off point sorry again if I affended 

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4 hours ago, monny1916 said:

Is that a wagon that is surrounded by indians with bows and arrows and no antenna and only fails on a Monday sorry only having the craic the reference to Coro st was when i got home on Sunday evening after a massive train journey back from Wigan then work on Monday as an apprentice carpenter 8:00 was cut off point sorry again if I affended 

No offence taken but like I said I can’t get to the cinema in the week, I guess many more can’t, those with kids etc. I never know where I am going to end up at the end of each day. 

Given the short cinema release it is either up for streaming or dvd. Also if you want awards you have to have the film shown in a cinema. 

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Did I read that Coronation St is considered "brainless shite" !

Let me tell that yahoo with a yorkie that Kyran Bowes who plays Jack Webster is considered the finest thespian of his generation. Who else would have his leg amputated in pursuit of his art.

He is soon to appear in the remake of "Mutiny on the Bounty" where he will play third plank from the right on the poop deck.

Mike will let anyone on here nowadays.

 

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Any idea how accurate this latest documentary is. I visited the Motown museum a couple of times and there was several people from back in the day including some of the Andantes and a producer, I forget who's name, but when I asked why there was not a single picture nor mention of Raynoma Singleton they all clammed up and looked at me like I had two heads. The Gerald Posner Motown book endorsed by Gordy was pretty much the same. It's like she has been written out of Motown history all together, however the Berry Me And Motown book by Raynoma tells a totally different story..It will be interesting to see which version we get.

 

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7 hours ago, Modernsoulsucks said:

Did I read that Coronation St is considered "brainless shite" !

Let me tell that yahoo with a yorkie that Kyran Bowes who plays Jack Webster is considered the finest thespian of his generation. Who else would have his leg amputated in pursuit of his art.

He is soon to appear in the remake of "Mutiny on the Bounty" where he will play third plank from the right on the poop deck.

Mike will let anyone on here nowadays.

 

😂😂

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On 11/08/2019 at 22:11, Rick Smith said:

Any idea how accurate this latest documentary is. I visited the Motown museum a couple of times and there was several people from back in the day including some of the Andantes and a producer, I forget who's name, but when I asked why there was not a single picture nor mention of Raynoma Singleton they all clammed up and looked at me like I had two heads. The Gerald Posner Motown book endorsed by Gordy was pretty much the same. It's like she has been written out of Motown history all together, however the Berry Me And Motown book by Raynoma tells a totally different story..It will be interesting to see which version we get.

 

Berry Gordy had some real issues with Raynoma and Eddie,I've heard that he was behind the lack of sales of the shrine releases.Andy Rix would be the person who would know all this. Chris. 

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1 hour ago, Wheelsville1 said:

Berry Gordy had some real issues with Raynoma and Eddie,I've heard that he was behind the lack of sales of the shrine releases.Andy Rix would be the person who would know all this. Chris. 

She booted one of the Motown hits, spent a night in the nick I think. Shrine’s stock was lost when the warehouse storing them burnt down in the riots. 

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On 11/08/2019 at 22:11, Rick Smith said:

Any idea how accurate this latest documentary is. I visited the Motown museum a couple of times and there was several people from back in the day including some of the Andantes and a producer, I forget who's name, but when I asked why there was not a single picture nor mention of Raynoma Singleton they all clammed up and looked at me like I had two heads. The Gerald Posner Motown book endorsed by Gordy was pretty much the same. It's like she has been written out of Motown history all together, however the Berry Me And Motown book by Raynoma tells a totally different story..It will be interesting to see which version we get.

 

I would imagine it is accurate but heavily sanitised with all the nasty stuff removed about how they ripped off artists just like the majors, it will no doubt pai t Berry and Motown as the good guys.   Will be interesting like you say to see the end result.  Doubt we will ever get the full story because of lawyers and the threat of a law suit. 

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13 minutes ago, Chalky said:

She booted one of the Motown hits, spent a night in the nick I think. Shrine’s stock was lost when the warehouse storing them burnt down in the riots. 

She booted Mary Wells My Guy whilst running the New York offices,due to lack of funding from motown.Yes the stock of shrine were destroyed at Maxi Waxes,however I'm sure I read that Berry Gordy was behind the demise of sales of the shrine released. Chris. 

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2 hours ago, Wheelsville1 said:

Berry Gordy had some real issues with Raynoma and Eddie,I've heard that he was behind the lack of sales of the shrine releases.Andy Rix would be the person who would know all this. Chris. 

Rixy boy did an interview with Eddie Single(tary) and it was transcribed (to what extent I don't know) in Shade of Soul issue 17.

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