"In the widening civil-rights movement, Motown would serve not only as a showcase for black pride and independence but also as a lubricant for social integration. It was hard to be a racist while slow-dancing to Smoky Robinson."
I bought this book because of its cover. Yes, I see the irony in that statement. Mostly I read because I know a bit about a subject, but I want to know more or I find an author I like and then read his body of work (same thing with music). This book was different in that I knew embarrassingly little about the '50s & '60s so I decided to try it & I'm glad I did. Mr Kaplan is a great writer and he taught me about the Space race, the missile gap, beatniks, the integrated circuit, jazz, Kerouac, Mailer, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, modern art, Castro, civil rights, free speech and more.