I Hear a Symphony: Motown and Crossover R&B (Hardcover)

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I Hear a Symphony opens new territory in the study of Motown's legacy, arguing that the music of Motown was indelibly shaped by the ideals of Detroit's postwar black middle class; that Motown's creative personnel participated in an African-American tradition of dialogism in rhythm and blues while developing the famous "Motown Sound." Throughout the book, Flory focuses on the central importance of "crossover" to the Motown story; first as a key concept in the company's efforts to reach across American commercial markets, then as a means to extend influence internationally, and finally as a way to expand the brand beyond strictly musical products. Flory's work reveals the richness of the Motown sound, and equally rich and complex cultural influence Motown still exerts.

About the Author

Andrew Flory is an Assistant Professor of Music at Carleton College.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780472117413
ISBN-10: 0472117416
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Pages: 344
Language: English
Series: Tracking Pop