Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney is just a bit different than the usual motown related books that get featured on here as the audience its aimed at 10-14 year olds.
There are some quite favorable reviews via amazon and the goodreads site (you can read the amazon reviews via the link below) and a fair few praise the books approach and scope both musical and historical. So at this time of year it could be of interest if looking for gifts but at £14 for the Kindle, the hardback version may provide the better value @ £15
Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound Kindle Edition by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Age Range: 10-14 years Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (September 29, 2015)
Here's the blurb...
From award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney comes the story of the music that defined a generation and a movement that changed the world.
Berry Gordy began Motown in 1959 with an $800 loan from his family. He converted the garage of a residential house into a studio and recruited teenagers from the neighborhood-like Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Diana Ross-to sing for his new label. Meanwhile, the country was on the brink of a cultural revolution, and one of the most powerful agents of change in the following decade would be this group of young black performers from urban Detroit. From Berry Gordy and his remarkable vision to the Civil Rights movement, from the behind-the-scenes musicians, choreographers, and song writers to the most famous recording artists of the century, Andrea Davis Pinkney takes readers on a Rhythm Ride through the story of Motown...