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ON THE SCREEN

- TROY LENNON TROY LENNON

Motown Records changed the face of American popular music. Specialisi­ng in the music of some of the greatest African American musicians and singers, including Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Martha and the Vandelas, Smokey Robinson, The Jacksons, The Isley Brothers, Motown records outsold many white artists and brought the music to a broader audience. It was all started by a former shoe shine boy, Berry Gordy, who based his business on the assembly line of an automobile factory. He knew he could write songs, or get people to write them for him, and produce artists as quickly and efficientl­y as a car production line. He started Motown Records, in Detroit in 1959, making national and global, stars of local artists. Motown’s hits crossed over from the specialist R & B charts to the general charts. This documentar­y focuses on Berry, allowing him to tell most of the story. It gives some insight into the passionate individual who drove the success of this label

In the early 1990s Misha Defonseca, a Belgian-born immigrant by then living in Ipswich, Massachuse­tts in the US, came forward at a local town meeting to tell an incredible story. She said she was born in Germany and that her Jewish parents had been deported by the Nazis. She was adopted by a Belgian family, but she ran away to Germany looking for her parents. She managed to avoid capture by avoiding humans and living with animals in the forest, specifical­ly being adopted by a pack of wolves. A local publisher convinced Misha to put her story into a book. The book took off in Europe, but Misha was reluctant to do things in the US to promote it, refusing to go on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show, which would have guaranteed millions would be sold. She then sued her publisher for withholdin­g royalties. The publisher then began to look into Misha’s background and discovered some discrepanc­ies in her story. It is an amazing story with plenty of twists, sometimes a bit repetitive, but worth watching

 ??  ?? Hitsville: The Making of Motown ABC Sept 1, 9pm
Hitsville: The Making of Motown ABC Sept 1, 9pm
 ??  ?? Misha and the Wolves Netflix
Misha and the Wolves Netflix

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