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Dancing in the Street

Dancing in the Street


by Martha and the Vandellas


Martha Reeves and Mark Bego, Dancing in the Street: Confessions of a Motown Diva (1995)

This book is an open and, in places, painful account of Reeves' career. She explores her early years at Motown, her feelings about Berry Gordy, her rivalry with Diana Ross, and her drug addiction.

Suzanne E. Smith, Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit (2001)

George Mason University professor Smith explores the rise of Motown and its connections to the local black community and evolving civil rights movement. Smith paints a critical portrait of Motown founder Gordy, summed up in his 1972 decision to transfer his Detroit enterprise to Hollywood.

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