Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002)


When I teach Adorno’s ‘On Popular Music’ I always use Motown as a case study primarily because Motown music continues to resonate with all age groups. Like the people quizzed in the documentary, I also ask students who played on these timeless records. Unless they have seen this documentary chances are that they will not know. The story of the Funk Brothers is both fascinating and sad, primarily because very few people who listen to Motown music are aware of who they are and that they did not earn the millions they deserved. It is a must see for any music fan.

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