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The 1960s was one of the most musically diverse decades in American history. The Beatles and Bob Dylan are the undisputed icons of the age. But from Detroit came a sound that also shaped the ‘60s. It originated on the city’s streets and in its housing projects, reflecting seismic shifts in not just pop music, but in racial attitudes and youth culture. Berry Gordy, Jr. was the visionary behind both the music and the Black-owned record company he named Motown. From Motown came the Supremes, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, and many others. Collectively, they changed the musical direction of the nation. Motown: The Sound of Young America is the story of the famed record company and its artists that began making music history more than a half century ago. Even after Motown left Detroit and relocated to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, its impact continued to be felt. Today, Motown remains an essential part of popular music, further proof that its sound and commitment to music excellence have never gone out of style.
Exhibit Contents:
  • Stage outfits from the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Miracles, the Jackson 5, and the Temptations.
  • Interactive displays that enable visitors to dance with the Temptations and sing with the Supremes.
  • Song spotlights that highlight some of Motown’s greatest recordings.
  • Never-before-seen interviews with some of Motown’s greatest artists that shed light on the importance of Motown in American pop music.
Exhibition Tour:
  • April 8, 2019 through Jan. 26, 2020…………………LBJ Presidential Library (Austin, Texas)
Educational Resources:
  • Middle and High School curriculum covering:
    • History of Motown
    • Impact of Motown
    • The Music of Motown
    • The Women of Motown

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