‘Women of Mo­town’ au­thor will sign books

SO­CI­ETY CON­FI­DEN­TIAL

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Au­thor and for­mer Detroit News mu­sic writer and columnist Su­san Whi­tall has dug deep into the lives and mu­si­cal ca­reers of the big­gest rhythm and blues di­vas of the past and re­veals the se­crets in the sec­ond edi­tion of her book, “Women of Mo­town: An Oral His­tory.” The sto­ries are fun and ex­cit­ing, giv­ing the his­tory of the record la­bel that took many of th­ese young ladies from the Brewster Projects to the White House. The sec­ond edi­tion of “Women of Mo­town” in­cludes new chap­ters and info.

“I added a new chap­ter on Janie Brad­ford, who co-wrote “Money” and other songs while she was head sec­re­tary at Mo­town,” says Su­san. “It’s very in­ter­est­ing, be­cause Janie re­ally speaks her mind.”

The book tells the story from the be­gin­ning with Mable John all the way up to the fab­u­lous Supremes af­ter Diana took off for su­per­star­dom. The sto­ries are hu­mor­ous, dishy and highly de­tailed.

Su­san will be sign­ing “Women of Mo­town” in the early af­ter­noon of Oct. 20 at the St. Regis Ho­tel, when 300 Detroit soul-lov­ing Brits will party in Detroit at “Detroit A Go-Go,” a cel­e­bra­tion of rhythm and blues mu­sic. Other venues Detroit A Go Go is hap­pen­ing are Bert’s in the Mar­ket and the Mo­town Mu­seum. Signed copies of the book are also avail­able at The Book Beat in Oak Park.

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