Berry Gordy Memoir Which Inspired MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Set for Digital Release
Billboard.com reports that Berry Gordy's memoir TO BE LOVED, which inspired the Broadway hit "Motown: The Musical" will be reissued as an e-book.
First published in 1994, the book has been out of print. The e-edition will be released on Thursday by Rosetta Books, a digital publisher. The story chronicles Gordy's rise to fame from high school dropout to the creator of a record label that featured Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross among others and turned out a slew of hit songs throughout the 1960s and `70s. The book was adapted for "Motown: The Musical," which Gordy co-produced. The show has been nominated for 4 Tonys and is a top-grossing hit among theater goers.
In a statement issued by Rosetta, Gordy said he had written the book to "capture the remarkable times" and "great artists" of the Motown era.
About TO BE LOVED:
If you love the music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, or Smokey Robinson, you will love Berry Gordy's life story. Founder of Motown, Gordy was instrumental in launching the careers of these and many other popular musicians, singers and songwriters.
In this candid autobiography, Gordy gives an authentic personal account of his career-from the inception of his label, founded with $800 borrowed from his family, to the development of an entertainment empire sold to MCA for $61 million. Along the way, Gordy and his artists faced racism and both personal and professional challenges-and overcame them to leave an indelible mark on American popular culture.