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Description - The "Supremes" by Mark Ribowsky

This is the first comprehensive biography of the most successful girl group in pop history, as told by the author of the acclaimed biography of Phil Spector, "He's a Rebel".A sprawling parable of ambition, scheming, money, sex, and betrayal, "Nothin' But Heartaches", is the definitive story of the most successful female band of all time. Drawing on first-hand, intimate recollections by friends, associates, and other Motown contemporaries - many never before interviewed - Ribowsky uncovers the truth behind the Supremes, overturning false notions about the band which were perpetuated by the recent film "Dreamgirls".Ribowsky's in-depth account includes new details on Diana Ross' cutthroat rise to top-billing of the group - focusing on her relationship with Motown president, Berry Gordy - and the tragic story of Florence Ballard's decline into depression, alcoholism, and drug abuse, culminating in her sudden death at the age of thirty-two.He also takes an inside-the-studio look at how timeless classics like "Baby Love", "Where Did Our Love Go?", and "Stop! In the Name of Love", were conceived and recorded on the Motown 'assembly line' of smash hits, and examines why the Motown 'brand' was more important to Gordy than its loyalty to true rhythm & blues.In a narrative that deftly combines personal testimony, history, and expert analysis, Ribowsky not only tells the full, heartbreaking story of the Supremes' meteoric rise and bitter disintegration, but shows why Gordy's revolutionary concept of 'blacks singing white' was essential to the modern evolution of music.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306815867
ISBN-10: 0306815869
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mark Ribowsky

Mark Ribowsky is a prolific author and regular contributor to Playboy Magazine. His eight books have covered a remarkably eclectic range of topics-from music and sport to pop culture and true-crime. He is the acclaimed author of He's a Rebel, a biography of Phil Spector, and Don't Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball. He lives in New York, where he is working on an updated edition of his Phil Spector biography.

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