As part of the historic Detroit A-Go-Go festival, author Susan Whitall will be at the St. Regis Hotel (3071 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202) on Friday, October 20th from 11 AM to 1 PM to sign copies of her book, Women of Motown: An Oral History. This is a newly revised edition of her book previously published in 1999. This event is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please call Book Beat at (248) 968-1190.
In Women of Motown: An Oral History, women get to tell their side of the Motown story and the stories they tell are fascinating, engrossing, illuminating, and many times downright hilarious.
The book takes us from the earliest female Motown singer Mable John (later part of the Stax stable) through the fabulous girl groups such as the Marvelettes through the different permutations of the Supremes and ending with latter day singers such as the great Kim Weston.
Whitall, formerly of Creem magazine and The Detroit News, adds narrative and perspective and makes this a must-have book for any fan of Motown or the glory years of the soul music revolution.
Susan Whitall is an award-winning journalist, and a former writer and editor at the iconic Creem Magazine, where she worked from 1975-’83. She is also the author of two books, Women of Motown, an oral history focusing on some of the Sound of Young America’s notable female personalities, and Fever: Little Willie John’s Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul (Titan Books, 2011), a biography of the gifted, troubled R&B singer from Detroit. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Michigan State, focusing upon poetry, English literature and history. At Creem she worked with such talents as Lester Bangs, Jaan Uhelszki, and Robert Duncan during its “Almost Famous” heyday, and joined the Detroit News in 1983 as a feature writer. Currently Susan is freelancing for the News, and working on several book projects, including an updated version of Women of Motown scheduled for release in the summer of 2017.